Rear Admiral Mohammad Shahjahan, chairman of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), said there was no container clutter at the Chittagong port and imports and exports were going on normally.
“Imports and exports are going on normally,” he said in a telephone conversation with BSS. The port has a capacity of about 49,000 twenty feet equivalent units (TEUS) and currently has 35,000 TEUS containers. ”
He said the port authorities would meet the stakeholders tomorrow and take further steps to keep container handling normal in the future.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and Secretary to the Ministry of Shipping Mohammad Mezbah Uddin Chowdhury will attend the meeting.
He said CPA officials have continued monitoring activities to ensure better services for importers and exporters.
The CPA chief said that as part of the precautionary measures to keep container handling normal, the CPA had written a letter to private inland container depots on July 2 asking them to expedite the import of ICDs and empty the port containers.
The CPA chief said the port of Chittagong had handled a record amount of 3 million TEUS containers in the 2020-21 fiscal year, despite the Kovid 19 epidemic.
According to CPA sources, they handled 26,97,190 TEUS containers in FY 2019-20 and 30,97,238 TEUS containers in FY 2020-21.
Of these containers, about 16.56 lakh TEUS are for imported goods and 14.36 lakh TEUS are for export. In the last financial year, 11 crore 36 lakh tons of cargo has been handled.
Besides, a total of 4,072 ships have come and gone at Chittagong port in FY 2021. Now large ships can dock at the port jetty. The port authorities are considering this as their success.
According to statistics, the port of Chittagong has now advanced in the three categories of container, cargo goods and shipping.
Mohammad Shahjahan said the port was not closed for a single day during the epidemic and 24-hour operations continued, enabling more than 3 million TEUS container handles in the past year.