The country’s apparel makers have urged the government to allow them to take the release of imported raw materials from the Chattogram port instead of private inland container depots.
The Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association on Monday in a letter to state minister for shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury said that the recent decision of the port authority for shifting the delivery of import containers to the private ICDs would be time consuming and costly for the exporters.
The letter said that the additional cost and lengthy process of import delivery in the ICDs would hurt the competitiveness of the readymade garment sector on the global market amid the Covid outbreak.
The letter, signed by BGMEA first vice-president Mohammad Hatem, said that the export and import activities of readymade garment sector have been taking place through the Chattogram port and in the case of export, they make their shipment through private ICDs while the release of import containers takes place through the port.
It said that the port authorities had taken an initiative to give the release of all import containers from private ICDs to keep the operation of the port smooth amid the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the BKMEA letter, allegations have been raised that the delivery of goods from ICDs took a long time due to lack of space, equipment and labourers.
Hatem said that during the Covid restriction period, RMG makers released their goods from the Chattogram port without any difficulties.
They could release imported goods from the port in two days while the delivery takes six to seven days in the private ICDs, he claimed.
The BKMEA said that the charges at private ICDs were also higher than those at the Chattogram port.
The letter said that the government should allow RMG makers to take delivery of imported goods directly from the Chattogram port as it would not be possible to release the goods with additional charges from the private ICDs amid the fresh wave of the pandemic.
Earlier, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association president Faruque Hassan sent a letter to the National Board of Revenue, demanding the release of import goods from the port instead of the private ICDs.
He said that there was no reason to divert the import delivery to the ICDs as there was no container congestion in the Chattogram port now.
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