Garment exporters yesterday called for introduction of tighter security systems at the newly Pangaon inland container terminal in Narayanganj.
The terminal on the bank of the Buriganga river was inaugurated in November as an alternative to road communication for businesses between the busy Dhaka-Chittagong route.
The appeal came from a meeting between the members of a number of chambers and associations and the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) in the port city.
Cargo transportation on the inland river route from Chittagong port to Pangaon in Narayanganj started in early December, but the terminal is yet to begin full-scale operations due to some difficulties.
BGMEA President Atiqul Islam emphasised the river route's importance in keeping the supply chain of the country's garment industry fully functional, the CPA said in a statement.
He urged the CPA to notify the buyers' forum about the activities of the Pangaon terminal, include its activities, on the website of the CPA and introduce internationally accepted security systems at the terminal.
The businesses also urged the authorities to make the terminal fully functional.
CPA Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Nizamuddin Ahmed said the authorities would extend cooperation to sort out all existing problems.