To overcome the adversity of the pandemic, leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) sought faster port delivery and customs clearance.
Newly elected BGMEA leaders from the Chattogram region called for this assistance during two separate courtesy visits with the chairman of Chattogram Port Authority, and the commissioner of Chattogram Customs House, on Wednesday.
Leading the BGMEA delegation, Syed Nazrul Islam, first vice president of the organisation, said, "The country's readymade garments industry is trying to turnaround after the backlash of the Covid-19 pandemic."
Thanking both Chattogram Customs House and Chattogram Port Authority, he said, "These two organisations stood by businesses in the pandemic, but we are still facing challenges. Faster port delivery and customs clearance can help accellerate our turnaround process."
During the meeting, Chattogram Port Authority Chairman, Rear Admiral M Shahjahan, said,"The garment industry is the backbone of the country's economy. So, despite limitations, the port authority will try to speed up their operations so that businesses can avoid losses."
He also outlined a plan of how they would hasten the delivery of consignments and reduce port costs that will come into force after Eid-Ul-Fitr.
During the meeting with the Commissioner of Chattogram Customs House, M Fakhrul Alam, the commissioner said to keep the economy runnimg they have relentlessly been working through the pandemic.
He also assured the BGMEA delegation of easing the export-import process and speed up the customs clearance system to facilitate business in the country.
BGMEA Vice President Rakibul Alam Chowdhury, its Directors M Mohiuddin Chowdhury, AM Shafiul Karim (Khokon), M Ahsanul Hoq, and Meraj-E-Mostafa (Kaisar), were part of the BGMEA delegation.
The former first vice president of BGMEA Ershad Ullah, Nasir Uddin Chowdhury, and its former director Helal Uddin Chowdhury, were also with the delegation.