Chattogram Customs House is burying 298 containers of goods in the ground as importers have not unloaded them for a long time.
Chattogram Customs House authorities started the work, which will take 10 days to complete, on Monday morning to make space in Chattogram port and depot. On Monday, 27 containers of goods were destroyed.
Faisal Bin Rahman, the deputy commissioner of the auction branch of the Customs House, said, "There are 6,000 tonnes of perishable goods in 298 containers."
The list of these products imported through Chattogram port includes fruits, fish, fish feed, meat and bone meals.
The products were imported between 2010 and 2020.
The products are being buried in a five-acre site adjacent to the embankment at North Halishahar in the city.
Customs authorities say the action will reduce the pressure of containers in the port yard.
Due to the non-delivery of goods on time, there has been a risk of congestion at the port since last month, with the port authorities urging traders to remove the containers loaded with imported goods quickly.
But even after doubling the store rent, the importers decided not to speed up content delivery, prompting authorities to take such action.
According to port sources, importers often do not unload goods for fear of losses if prices fall in the market.
At present, there are 7,000 TEUs of containers for auction in Chattoogram port. The amount is increasing every year.
Due to the untimely auction of containers, valuable portions of the port have been occupied and port authorities are being deprived of a huge amount of revenue.