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Strike hampers Chattogram customs activities

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 January, 2023 12:00 AM
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Strike hampers Chattogram customs activities
Leaders of Chittagong Customs Agents Association led by its President Aktar Hossain poses for a photo after a meeting with the officials concerned of NBR in Chattogram on Monday.

CHATTOGRAM: Regular activities at the Chattogram Customs House were hampered to a great extent as the Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) agents observed a strike for 10-point demands on Monday.

However, the activities resumed in the afternoon as they postponed the agitation following an assurance of discussion by the National Board of Revenue (NBR). The discussion will be held on February 7.

Sources familiar with the matter said the activities were halted at the Customs House since the morning on Monday as the staff of the C&F Agent association refrained from working as they began the preannounced two-day strike.

Although no bill of entry was submitted for the imported goods, loading and offloading at Chattogram port were normal, said the sources.

Chattogram Customs C&F            Agent Association General Secretary Kazi Mahmud Imam Bilu said they were going through a crisis due to limitations in licensing rules.

“We have repeatedly asked for the amendment of the HS code and laws related to CPC,” he said.

The general secretary said, “As demands were not met, they enforced the strike.”

The strike was postponed following an assurance of discussion on the demands, he said, adding that the activities at the Customs House resumed in the afternoon.