The recent movement for road safety affected the country’s readymade garments sector badly and the businessmen counted big losses, alleged Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Chittagong on Wednesday.
In the last seven days, exporters could not send 1,168 containers of RMG exportable goods to the buyers, said BGMEA first vice-president Moinuddin Ahmed while speaking in a view exchange meeting.
BGMEA Chittagong organised the meeting on ‘the present situation of Chittagong Port and the situation in RMG sector of Chittagong before Eid-ul-Azha’ at the port city’s BGMEA office.
He said that on August 5, a total five ships left Chittagong Port without 1,168 box containers of RMG goods due to the recent movement which halted all kinds of normal activities of the country.
Now the buyers demand discount or air shipment.
Due to the safe road movement, businessmen could not unload their imported goods and load their exported goods in time form Chittagong port. As a result, they would have to offer discount or pay extra to send export goods through air freight, said Moinuddin.
The buyers got a negative impression, which might compel them to look for other countries, he feared.
So, the businessmen urged the government to take necessary initiative so that such situation did not recur, he said.
Moinuddin said that RMG expanded from the port city. Till 2000, 40 per cent RMG goods were produced in Chittagong. But at present in Chittagong there are 681 registered RMG factories. Of which 357 are running and 324 already were closed.
Unwanted situation, infrastructural limitation, lack of proper equipment and congestion at Chittagong port thwarted the progress of RMG sector, he said.
He requested Chittagong Port Authority to start the construction work of Bay Terminal project as early as possible.
BGMEA Chittagong vice-president Md Ferdous, directors Mahabub uddin Jewel, Md Saifullah Monsur and Amzad Hossain were also present in the meeting.
Thousands of students took to streets across the country demanding safe roads after two of their fellows were killed in a bus accident at Kurmitola in Dhaka on July 29 and the protests continued till August 6.
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