BGMEA urges govt to stabilise Ctg port

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association President Abdus Salam Murshedy yesterday urged the government to stabilise the situation at the Chittagong port for the sake of the RMG sector.

“The BGMEA is gravely concerned at the deterioration of the situation,” he said, according to a BGMEA statement.

RMG exporters had to bear an additional cost of Tk 905 crore for air shipment during May-August this year to comply with the lead-time, the statement added.

On Wednesday, workers under the banner of Dock Bandar Sramik Karmachari Federation threatened to start a fresh movement to press home their demands including recruitment of the workers scrutinised by the port authorities before giving work orders to the private berth operators.

The Chittagong port has now turned into an unskilled and expensive port due to its mismanagement, the trade body said.

The BGMEA, however, urged the government to bring those to justice who were associated with the anarchy at the port in the last five days.

It also demanded formation of a committee to identify and compensation to the exporters who incurred losses.

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