BGMEA wants improved cargo-handling services at Dhaka airport
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) today urged the government to improve cargo-handling services at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to boost apparel exports.
A delegation of BGMEA led by its acting president, SM Mannan, made the request to Md Mahbub Ali, state minister for civil aviation and tourism, during a meeting held at the secretariat in Dhaka.
In the meeting, the BGMEA leaders said the number of explosive detection scanner (EDS) should be increased at the airport to speed up the process of scanning export cargoes, the association said in a statement.
They also stressed on regularly carrying out maintenance of the existing EDS in order to keep them operational as the technical glitches often hamper the scanning process.
The BGMEA delegation called on bringing garment items inside the cargo village or canopy immediately after unloading those from aircraft, so that they are not damaged due to rain.
They also requested for taking steps to properly stack apparel goods in the cargo shed in a proper order so that export-import cargoes can be found out easily and released quickly.
They further urged the authorities concerned not to charge demurrage fees for the delay in releasing goods due to haphazard stacking of goods at the cargo village.
BGMEA Vice President Md Nasir Uddin, Directors Md Mohiuddin Rubel, Md Khosru Chowdhury and Rajiv Chowdhury also attended the meeting.