Exporters in hurdle

Need govt intervention

Staff Correspondent

8 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Exporters in hurdle

BGMEA President Faruque Hassan and leaders of exporters’ associations and shipping lines are seen at a meeting at BGMEA office in the capital on Tuesday.

Shortage of empty containers, vessels and congestion at regional transshipment ports have led to severe crisis, hindering shipment of export cargoes to Europe and the USA.

Besides, empty container vessels are taking time to return to Bangladesh from Europe and US ports due to slow unloading there, causing container and vessel shortage at the Chattagram port.

In the meeting leaders of trade bodies decided to work together and seek the government’s intervention in the following issues to address the problem.

Leaders of exporters’ associations, shipping lines and other stakeholders on Tuesday jointly organised a meeting to devise a way out for resolving a crisis in sending export cargoes from Bangladesh, mainly caused by shortage of empty containers and vessels.

First Vice President of BGMEA Syed Nazrul Islam and Vice President Rakibul Alam Chowdhury virtually attended the meeting.

President of Bangladesh Freight Forwarders Association (BFFA) Kabir Ahmed, First Vice President of Bangladesh Inland Container Depots Association (BICDA) Jowher Rizvi, First Vice President of BKMEA Mohammad Hatem, Director of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) Syed Nurul Islam, Director of Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) Ziaur Rahman, President of Bangladesh Garments Accessories and Packaging Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGAPMEA) Md Abdul Kader and Chairman of Bangladesh Terry Towel and Linen Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BTTLMEA) M Shahadat Hossain were present at the meeting, said a press release.

Directing authorities concerned not to increase any charges fixed by freight forwarders or shipping lines during pandemic.

Following appropriate methods while using empty containers and maintaining coordination among shipping line companies to ensure proper use of empty containers.

Requesting the port authority to allow more feeder vessels to berth at the port to address the container and vessel shortage and arranging an export yard on temporary basis to facilitate loading-unloading of cargoes at the private inland container depots (ICDs).