The Customs House Chattogram has requested traders to take release of their goods imported through the sea port and air ports within the stipulated date mentioned in the law to avoid facing legal action, including public auction of the goods.
The CHC has recently issued a public notice asking importers and their customs and clearing agents to take release of goods within 30 days of arrival of goods at the Chattogram sea port and within 21 days of arrival at the Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport.
Customs authorities may also allow additional time for release of goods.
The CHC in the notice warned that customs authorities would put the goods on auction or take legal action as per the Customs Act-1969 if the goods were not taken released of on time.
The importers will also have to face penalty and other charges, including port charge, for delay in taking release of the goods.
‘Importers are requested to take release of their goods fast to avoid auction, penalty and other legal actions,’ the notice issued on June 7 said.
The CHC is committed to ensuring a business and investment friendly environment for legitimate trade and trusted taxpayers, it said.
The customs house sent the notice to the trade bodies, including the Federation of Bangladesh of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and other trade associations.
In the meantime, the Chattogram Port Authority on June 11 requested the traders to expedite the release of the imported goods during weekends to help the port authorities reduce congestion at the port.
In a letter to the trade bodies, the CPA said that release of the imported goods, particularly essential commodities, raw materials of the readymade garment sector and frozen food, had slowed down during Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, causing container congestion at the port.
The customs officials said that the CHC issued the public notice after observing slow progress in release of goods from the port, which was also causing congestion at the port.
The number of unreleased containers at the port stood at over 35,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit) on June 11 against its storage capacity of 49,018 TEUs.
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