The relationship between the Bangladesh readymade garment industry and the Chittagong Port is unique in itself!
If the RMG sector is the biggest export earner of the country, Chittagong Port is the prime seaport of the country and gateway to majority of garment exports to overseas destinations. Naturally so, as the seaport increases its efficiency and cargo handling capacity, it augurs well for the RMG sector which banks on it to increase the apparel export volumes.
In this direction, recently Chittagong Port added a new feather to its cap that is bound to make happy all the exporters, the garment exporters in particular, after the port set a new record of handling 3.0 million 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) for the first time in a calendar year recently.
The Chittagong Port recently recorded over 3.0 million containers during the period from January to 21 December, a milestone that has put it in the league of those ports worldwide of 3 million TEUs, maintained an official of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) speaking to the media.
“A number of projects have increased the port’s inner berth capacity. Besides, construction of a new North yard beside Rubi cement factory and procurement of heavy and modern equipment helped break all previous records of container handling,” stated Secretary to the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) Md. Omar Faruk, adding, “The CPA has imposed strict limits regarding how long a ship can stay at the port to ensure speedy loading and unloading of containers in order to reduce container congestion and improve productivity.”
The New-mooring Container Terminal (NCT) and Chittagong Container Terminal (CCT), the two terminals of the Chittagong seaport, which are credited with handling a total of 1.7 million TEUs in the current year, are said to have played a significant role towards achieving the target of 3.0 million containers in a calendar year.
Chittagong Port reportedly handled a total of 2,808,499 TEUs in 2018-19 fiscal, 2,705,909 TEUs in 2017-18 fiscal, 2,419,481 TEUs in 2016-17 fiscal, 2,189,439 TEUs in 2015-16 fiscal, 1,867,062 TEUs in 2014-15 fiscal and 162,509 TEUs containers in 2013-14 fiscal.
In September this year, the port operators handled a total of 292,455 TEUs, the highest in a month.
As the port keeps increasing its efficiency, it infuses the garment sector of the country with new hopes of increasing its overseas trade and exports for the growth and betterment of the country.