Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to remove customs and bond related obstacles from the way of business to expedite the growth of the apparel and textile industry.
The association also called for simplifying business procedures like inclusion of new raw materials and other related materials with their harmonised system (HS) code in the bond licences.
Md Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) MP, Former BGMEA Presidents and Md Siddiqur Rahman, incumbent First Vice President Syed Nazrul Islam, Vice President Shahidullah Azim, Vice President (Finance) Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Vice President Md Nasir Uddin, Executive President of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Mohammad Hatem, and former President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Shams Mahmud were present at the meeting.
Md Masud Sadiq, Member (Customs Policy), Hossain Ahmed, Member (Customs Export, Bond and IT), Zakia Sultana, Member (VAT Policy), and Sams Uddin Ahmed, Member (Tax Policy), NBR also attended the meeting.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan said that there is opportunity to increase RMG exports, the industry has also many challenges to deal with.
Business procedures should be simplified for the apparel industry in order to remain competitive in the global market where competition is very stiff and make use of the opportunities, he said and sought the support of NBR in this regard.
NBR Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem assured the BGMEA leaders of measures to address the problems which were raised at the meeting.
The committee will work to identify problems related to customs, bond and other relevant issues being faced by the apparel exporters and recommend steps to address them.