The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) today called on private inland container warehouses (ICDs) to quickly shift imports and empty ICD-connected containers from the port, which is currently suffering from an acute shortage of space.
The CPA made the call through a letter signed by the terminal manager and sent to the president of the Bangladesh Inland Container Depots Association.
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He asked the association to give emergency instructions to ICD members on the rapid relocation of designated loaded and unloaded containers from port yards.
Today the CPA also sent separate letters to six private ICDs, including EBIL Depot, Summit Alliance Port Limited, Shafi Motors Limited, KDS Logistics Limited, Port Link Depot and BM Container Depot located in the port city and Sitakunda to remove the containers. from the port within the next three days.
To date, a total of 2,924 TEUs (equivalent to twenty feet) of imported containers are waiting in port for delivery to these ICDs, according to the CPA Terminal office.
Sources at the CPA terminal office reported that approximately 2,037 TEUs of more import cargo containers destined for different ICDs are currently on different vessels waiting at the port’s external berth to be anchored.
The CPA said in its letters that port shipyards are currently facing an acute space crisis due to the increasing number of containers following the increasing handling of containers in the port.
The rapid change of these port import containers to the designated ICDs within four days of free storage time after unloading from the ships is necessary to enhance the port’s business activities, such as the easy storage of container containers and the operation of the import vessel. , according to the letter.
After being unloaded from the ships at the port, 38 types of imported cargo containers are transported directly to the 19 private ICDs located in and around the port city and the cargo is later delivered by the ICDS according to customs procedures.