Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has requested the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to allow releasing the imported goods from the Chittagong Port instead of private inland container depots (ICDs) to save time and cost.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan made the call during a meeting with Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority Rear Admiral M Shahjahan in Chittagong on Tuesday.
Faruque Hassan said currently it takes around six to seven days for delivery of imported consignments from the private ICDs while it takes only two days from the port.
Moreover, the private ICD operators charge higher fees and take more time than the Chittagong Port for releasing the goods, he said, adding that this excessive delay and charges are impacting the apparel industry amid the Covid pandemic.
The BGMEA President expressed hope that RMG exports would increase in the coming months and urged the port authority to take steps to enhance the capacity and efficiency of Chittagong Port so it can handle the increased pressure of export-import smoothly.
Speaking at the meeting, BGMEA first Vice President, Syed Nazrul Islam urged the Chittagong Port Authority to make export-import activities quicker and timely to retain the competitiveness of Bangladesh apparel industry in the global market during this difficult time of Covid pandemic.
CPA Chairman Rear Admiral, M Shahjahan said the RMG industry has been making enormous contribution to the economic development of Bangladesh. He said the Chittagong Port Authority is operating export-import activities quickly and efficiently despite having different limitations.
He also presented CPA's plans and initiatives for infrastructural development and increasing efficiency of the port.
The meeting with the CPA was a part of BGMEA's continuous efforts to keep the flow of export-import shipment smooth and timely.
Earlier, BGMEA held several meetings with stakeholders including main-line operator (MLO) and buyers' representatives in this regard.
After the meeting BGMEA President Faruque Hassan along with the CPA Chairman, the BGMEA leaders and other high officials visited Chittagong Port to see the operations.
BGMEA Vice President Rakibul Alam Chowdhury, Directors Tanvir Ahmed, Abdullah Hil Rakib, Haroon Ar Rashid, Navidul Huq, Rajiv Chowdhury, Md Imranur Rahman, Md M Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Mohammed Abdus Salam, Tanvir Habib, AM Shafiul Karim (Khokon), Md Hassan (Jacky), M Ahsanul Hoq, Mohammed Meraj-E-Mostafa (Kaisar), former First Vice Presidents Nasir Uddin Chowdhury and Moinuddin Ahmed Mintu, former Director and Chairman of BGMEA Standing Committee on Customs (Sea) Anjan Shekhar Das, former Director and Chairman of BGMEA Standing Committee on Customs (Bond) Liakat Ali Chowdhury were present at the meeting.
Md Zafar Alam, Member (Admin and Planning); Commodore Md Mostafizur Rahman, Member (Harbour and Marine); Md Omar Faruk, Secretary, Enamul Karim, Director (Traffic); Md Kudrat-e-Khuda, Terminal Manager of Chittagong Port Authority were also present at the meeting.