Bangladesh RMG competencies affected by inefficiency of the Chittagong port

    
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Trade bodies of the different sectors have alleged that their export business including ready-made garment is losing their market due to the delay of cargo handling in the Chittagong Port. As a result, cost of their business is increasing for each day delay.

The business leaders demanded that the private sector should be more involved with the management of the port, through which 92 percent of the country’s export and import are done, discussed at a roundtable ‘Chittagong Port: Current Status and Way Forward’ organized by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 29 July 2017 in the city.

Figure: Chairman of Chittagong port Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal was the chief guest while DCCI President Abul Kashem Khan chaired the meeting.
Figure: Chairman of Chittagong port Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal was the chief guest while DCCI President Abul Kashem Khan chaired the meeting.

“The non-cooperation among the service delivery agencies like the port authority, customs, clearing and forwarding agencies, transport companies and banks are mainly responsible for the delay in the release of goods”, business leaders said.

Faruque Hassan, senior vice-president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association said, “Competitive edge for the RMG sector was being eroded due to increasing lead time at port.”

Chittagong Port Authority chairman Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal said, “Initiatives undertaken to develop Infrastructure, jetties, yard, manpower and equipment engaging all stakeholders concerned in the port.”

He said that the development plan would be started from 2019 with the implementation of the Potenga container terminal, three container jetties and one oil container jetty.

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“The position of Chittagong port have been improved in the world ranking. In 2015, it was in 87th position, it was ranked 76th in 2016.  Though the position of world ranking improves, there has been extreme inefficiency in the operation of the port of Chittagong, which is eliminating business competitiveness and capabilities”, said DCCI President, Abul Kasem Khan.

“Former DCCI president Asif Ibrahim said that export increased in neighboring countries whereas Bangladesh’s export was shrinking in terms of growth percentage. The economic target set by the government to achieve by the Year 2021 might face set back as the lead time at port hampers the trade facilitation and the export growth is falling”, he added

Chittagong port is recognized as gateway and lifeline for all maritime trade of Bangladesh. Foreign trade accounts for approximately 35% of GDP and around 90% and 99 % of all containers moving from Chittagong port and is handling about US$ 60 billion import and export every year.

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