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Users fear tariff disparity may affect Chittagong Port operations

  • Published at 04:21 pm September 2nd, 2013
Users fear tariff disparity may affect Chittagong Port operations

Tariff disparity between the country’s twin ports – Chittagong and Mongla – might put an adverse impact on the export-import business as business leaders apprehended here on Tuesday.

They alleged Chittagong port has become hostage to the hands of cargo and container operators, hampering its smooth operation. 

They were speaking at a roundtable discussion on “The role of proper management and transparency of Chittagong Port in export-import business” organised by Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

CCCI Vice President Sayad Jamal Ahmed said there was a disparity in tariffs between the Chittagong Port and Mongla Port, which is a conspiracy to destroy the main sea port.

The authorities should look into the matter immediately for smooth export-import business, he said. Nasiruddin Ahmed Chowdhury, first vice president of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said the Chittagong Port had become hostage to the hands of six container operators and six cargo operators.

“This has hampered sound and smooth operation of the prime sea port,” he said, adding that the authorities would have to find ways out of it.

MA Latif MP, a former president of CCCI, said: “Effort is on to allow more cargo and container operators at a cost of Tk190m in next three years.” He said only six out of 56 operators is able to submit tenders for the cargo handling task due to tougher conditions set by the authorities.

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