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BGMEA to urge govt to allow production

24 Jul 2021 00:00:00 | Update: 24 Jul 2021 11:05:05
BGMEA to urge govt to allow production
A woman works in a garment factory, as factories reopened after the government has eased the restrictions amid concerns over coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Dhaka, May 3, 2020. — Reuters Photo

Arifur Rahaman Tuhin

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) will urge the government to allow them to continue production and shipment of goods to meet orders for late autumn and winter.

The organisation is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting today with about 100 exporters. Buyers are threatening to cancel orders if they do not get the goods on time, a BGMEA director told The Business Post.

“The shipment of goods is underway and production of some products is nearing completion. We need time to complete production by the end of July. But the government’s directive on the ongoing strict lockdown does not allow operation of factories,” BGMEA Director Md Khosru Chowdhury said.

Suppliers have informed the buyers about the current situation but the buyers are insisting on timely delivery of goods.

“That is why we need to continue production. Otherwise, there are chances that the orders will be cancelled,” he said.

According to BGMEA, about 100 factories need to complete ongoing production to ensure shipment of goods for late autumn and winter.

The government is enforcing another spell of strict lockdown from July 23 to August 5 to contain the spread of coronavirus. All factories will remain closed during the period.