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Police escort RMG consignment to port

Saleh Noman . Chattogram
09 Nov 2021 00:00:00 | Update: 09 Nov 2021 02:42:38
Police escort RMG consignment to port

The Industrial Police is now providing the exporters with limited scale escort services for transporting export-oriented garment products between inland container depots and the Chattogram Port to ensure shipping of the consignment in time.

They are also providing the service for delivering RMG raw-materials from the port.

The Industrial Police initiated the service at the request of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).

Superintendent of Police Md Solaiman of Industrial Police in Chattogram said they are providing the service on an emergency basis to the exporters whose export deadline nears.

He said they began the service on Saturday after the enforcement of the transport strike as the consignment could not reach the port in time.

At least 50 trucks of garments goods were transported between several private ICDs and Chattogram Port on Saturday and Sunday, Industrial Police officials said.

Three teams of Industrial Police have been dedicated to the service in Chattogram.

The 19 private ICDs in Chattogram are handling pre-shipment procedures for all kinds of export goods and the post-shipment procedures for 36 types of imported goods.

The BGMEA has informed all its members of the police escort service for the transportation of goods between the port and ICDs.

Syed Nazrul Islam, first vice president of BGMEA, said garment factory owners who have their own vehicles are eligible to get the police escort service.

He said the service ensured transportation of little amount of export goods as few factories have their own vehicles and no commercial trucks are still unavailable.

Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Secretary Omar Faruque said 231 vehicle-laden goods were delivered from the port on Monday. Some containers from different ICDs have also entered the port but the amount was not significant, he added.

The truckers enforced a nationwide strike since Friday in protest against increasing diesel price by 23 per cent.

Since then, transportation of goods and containers on commercial trucks and trailers to and from the Chittagong port remained suspended posing a threat to the country’s exports.