Chittagong Shippers Brace for Eid Holiday Delays

Source: JoC

Bangladesh officials are concerned that severe container congestion may occur at Chittagong Port, as the weeklong Eid holiday begins this Friday, marking the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan.

During the festival period shippers stop taking delivery of import containers and sending outbound containers, as their factories remain closed for days. Port employees stop loading and unloading containers for at least 8 to 12 hours on Eid day, however they resume work in the evening.

In recent days, containers have amassed in the port yard beyond its storage capacity, creating container movement obstacles, and negatively affecting feeder vessel berthing schedules and mother vessel connections at traditional transshipment points in Colombo and Singapore.

This morning a mild tornado passed over the region but caused no damage to the terminal. Port operations commenced shortly afterwards however the tornado followed by heavy rain has further slowed down port productivity.

Bangladesh apparel factories remain closed for nearly a week during Eid season. This year factory owners have been requested to make alternative arrangements for taking delivery of containers in an effort to limit congestion at the port and ICDs but this may be difficult to achieve.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting your local Delmar representative.

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