Import containers pile up at port Ctg
Import cargo containers piled up at the Port of Chattogram as importers failed to secure their shipments due to the Eid holiday when factories were closed and vehicle traffic was low.
Consequently, both the port authorities and the users fear that traffic jams will develop inside the port yards if the daily delivery of goods does not return to the pre-festival level within a few days, since many ships with incoming containers are already waiting at the seaport.
Shipping agents say that if the situation does not improve quickly, it could slow the unloading of containers from ships.
In a bid to avoid any acute container congestion, the Chattogram Port Authority (CPA) wrote to importers and trade bodies yesterday, urging them to expedite the procurement of goods.
The letters were sent to leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Chittagong Customs Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The APC said that if delivery does not resume immediately, there will be congestion inside the port yards, which will hamper the operational activities of the country’s largest seaport, which handles more than 90% of the maritime trade of the country. Bangladesh.
The release of import containers began to slow days before Eid Day, which was celebrated on Tuesday.
A total of 5,156 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of import containers were released to importers on April 28.
On April 29, cargo delivery dropped to 3,305 TEUs. It was 2,972 TEUs on April 30, 1,068 TEUs on May 1 and 227 TEUs on May 2.
Not a single container was released from the port on Eid day.
The port delivered 705 TEUs of containers on May 4, some 1,092 TEUs on May 5 and 1,512 TEUs on May 6. A total of 2,591 TEUs were released within 24 hours as of 8am yesterday.
Due to poor customs clearance of goods from the port, containers are piling up inside the yards.
Port data showed 36,497 TEUs of import cargo containers were at the port on May 1 and it rose to 43,997 TEUs yesterday morning.
Ready-to-wear factories are the main users of the port as they import raw materials and ship finished garments.
BGMEA First Vice President Syed Nazrul Islam admitted they had not received deliveries in recent days as factories remained closed for seven to eight days due to Eid.
The commercial section of the factories was also closed and the C&F agent companies went on holiday for Eid.
“Daily delivery has started to improve since Saturday. As factories reopen, delivery will pick up speed soon,” Islam said.