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BGMEA urges govt to fix inoperative scanners at HSIA

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry to take immediate steps to fix inoperative explosive detection systems (EDS) at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka.

The association also called for increasing the number of scanners to speed up the process of scanning export cargoes.

A delegation of BGMEA led by President Faruque Hassan made the request to Md Mokammel Hossain, Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism during a meeting at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Sunday. BGMEA Vice President Shahidullah Azim, Vice President (Finance) Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Vice President Md Nasir Uddin and Biman Bangladesh Airlines Managing Director Dr Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal were also present at the meeting.

RMG exports are being hampered as two EDS machines have remained out of service while another two newly installed EDS machines in the airport could be made operational as they are yet to get validated.

The BGMEA leaders stressed on carrying out regular maintenance of the EDS in order to keep them operational as the scanning process is hampered very often due to technical glitches.

They also requested the authorities to ensure enough space at the scanning area so that export cargoes could be scanned in an orderly manner and shipped timely. Besides, a spacious parking lot is needed to keep the export freight after scanning for air shipment.

The delegation called on bringing RMG goods inside the cargo village or canopy immediately after unloading from aircraft so that they are not damaged due to rain.