Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) requested the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to allow the imported goods get released from the Chittagong Port instead of private inland container depots (ICDs).
BGMEA said this would reduce both time and cost.
Faruque Hassan said currently it takes around six to seven days to take delivery of imported consignments from the private ICDs as compared to only two days at the port, which increases cost of releasing goods.
Moreover, the private ICD operators are charging higher fees and taking more time than the Chittagong Port for releasing the goods, he said.
“Additional delay and charges are impacting the apparel industry at a time when the sector is struggling to turn around from the shocks created by the Covid pandemic,” BGMEA leader added.
Expecting the increase of RMG exports in the coming months, the BGMEA president said that urged the port authority to plan ahead and take steps accordingly to enhance the capacity and efficiency of Chittagong Port.
He said the steps would help them handle the increased pressure of exports and imports smoothly.
CPA chairman Rear Admiral M Shahjahan said the RMG industry had been making enormous contribution to the economic development of Bangladesh.
“CPA is carrying out export-import activities quickly and efficiently despite having different limitations,” he said.
M Shahjahanpresented CPA’s plans and initiatives for infrastructural development and increasing efficiency of the port.
The meeting was a part of BGMEA’s continuous efforts to keep the flow of export-import shipment smooth and timely, the association said.
Earlier, BGMEA held several meetings with stakeholders including main-line operator (MLO) and buyers’ representatives in this regard.
After the meeting BGMEA president along with the CPA chairman, the BGMEA leaders and other high officials visited Chittagong port to see the port operations for themselves.
In a seperate meeting, BGMEA President Faruque Hassan urged to ease the procedures for fast release of imported goods at a meeting with Chittagong Customs House Commissioner M. Fakhrul Alam in Chittagong yesterday.
He said the RMG industry of Bangladesh is still struggling to recover from the unprecedented crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The support and cooperation of the Customs House Chittagong would help the apparel industry to recover from the effects of Covid-19 and retain competitiveness in the global market, he added.
Faruque Hassan also said easing of customs procedures would help apparel exporters to take delivery of their imported goods on time, which is necessary to maintain lead time as specified by buyers.
Chittagong Customs House Commissioner M. Fakhrul Alam said Custom House, Chittagong is carrying out round-the-clock activities to help RMG industry to recover from the impacts of the Covid pandemic and maintain economic growth.
The meeting was also attended by BGMEA vice president Rakibul Alam Chowdhury, directors Tanvir Ahmed, Abdullah HilRakib, Haroon Ar Rashid, NavidulHuq, Rajiv Chowdhury, Md. Imranur Rahman, Md. M. Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Mohammed Abdus Salam, Tanvir Habib, A.M. Shafiul Karim (Khokon), Md. Hassan (Jacky), M. Ahsanul Hoq, Mohammed Meraj-E-Mostafa (Kaisar), former First Vice Presidents Nasir Uddin Chowdhury andMoinuddin 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.
Md. Zafar Alam, Member (Admin and Planning); Commodore Md. Mostafizur Rahman, Member (Harbour and Marine); Mohd. Omar Faruk, Secretary, Enamul Karim, Director (Traffic); Md. Kudrat-e-Khuda, Terminal Manager of Chittagong Port Authority were also present.