Notwithstanding assurances from the Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka against any adverse impact of Coronavirus outbreak in his country on apparel manufacturers of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh mission in China, however, hinted that the world’s second biggest apparel manufacturing hub could get affected as export-import between Dhaka and Beijing may face major setbacks due to Coronavirus outbreak.
Mohammad Monsur Uddin, the Commercial Counsellor of the Bangladesh embassy in Beijing, in a letter dated 11 February, reportedly, informed the Commerce Ministry about the latest situation in China where the Coronavirus continues to spread.
He said nearly 28 per cent of Bangladesh’s imports, including 40 per cent of textile and textile-related goods and 30 per cent machinery, come from China.
“…consequently, (the) export-import of Bangladesh may also be hampered due to the Coronavirus epidemic,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, officials in the Commerce Ministry reportedly informed the media that the Ministry has asked the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) to submit a report shortly on the possible impacts of the virus outbreak on the country’s trade and economy.