Biman asked to tighten security at HSIA cargo village

Dhaka Customs concerned over illegal access

Sohel Hossain Patwary

14 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Entry of unauthorised personnel in the cargo warehouse at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) has reportedly increased manifold, making the custom’s restricted warehouse vulnerable to security breaches.

In line with the Customs Act 1969, Dhaka Customs has granted the licence to Biman Bangladesh Airline as the sole custodian for ensuring the security of imported goods in the warehouse.

Biman is also obliged to provide all the information about the security activities at the cargo village according to the law.

In a letter to Biman, the Customs House said access of unauthorized people to the restricted warehouse has increased, flouting the rules and regulations.

Based on intelligence reports, Dhaka Customs said the security systems at the cargo warehouse should be intensified as it was distinctly reported of the visits of unauthorised people in the restricted area.

Being the sole authority for duty activity, Dhaka Customs said their activities are also hampered at this important warehouse due to the negligence of custodian, the letter said.

In any public bonded warehouse, only authorized officials, members of clearing and forwarding agents, and employee of licenced warehouse keepers can have access in line with the customs law.

“It is the duty of warehouse keeper Biman Bangladesh Airlines to prevent any unauthorized access to the warehouse,” Dhaka Custom House said in the letter.

Unauthorized access to the warehouse is a clear violation of Public Bonded Warehouse regulation in line with the Customs Act, 1969, the letter read, adding that it also threat to the security of custom goods and products.

 It is also a violation of the article of the trade facilitation of the World Trade Organization, Dhaka Customs House noted.

 It also asked Biman Bangladesh Airlines to beef up security systems by issuing separate security cards for visitors and monitoring the security by forming patrol teams.

It also suggested Biman to consider introducing a modern digital biometric access control system for the cargo warehouse.