The Chittagong Port, which handles around 90 per cent of Bangladesh’s export and import, is reportedly in the grip of fresh container congestion for almost a week now, allegedly due to slow delivery of import containers and transportation of the containers to private inland container depots (ICDs).
As per latest available reports, the number of ICD-bound containers lying at the port’s yard rose to 5,039 TEUs, which is way beyond the port’s storage capacity.
It may be mentioned here that the fresh container congestion at the Chittagong Port started following alleged disruption of traffic headed towards ICDs following restrictions put up by the Road Transport and Highways Division on trucks, covered vans and trucks on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.
Since Sunday things have however started to improve, media reports claimed.
As per Executive President of the Chittagong Prime Mover Owners Association, Abu Bakar Siddique, a good number of containers were delivered from the port on Sunday as some vehicles have started plying.
The country’s premier port reportedly handled 25, 66,597 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of containers last year, up 9.36 per cent from 23, 46,909 TEUs in 2016.