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Chittagong port facing congestion

The lone major port of Bangladesh Chittagong is facing severe congestion due to large scale imports post Ramadhan forcing the main liner to impose congestion surcharge on containers handled at the port according to Bangladesh media reports.

Congestion which peaked during May and first half of July is likely to ease soon following the port authority's decision to bring in big container vessels during the night and creating more space in the container parking yard inside the port

According to reports, Container vessels have to wait for eleven to 12 days to secure berths at the port which, in turn, is affecting turnaround times due to backlog of cargo at the port

The average time of stay in the port for Container vessels at Chittagong port has increased over 43 per cent since January and has recently been nearly 57 hours last month

The reasons attributed for the congestion, which began in May, are huge seasonal import ahead of Ramadan and national budget, less operational hours during Ramadan, bad monsoon, equipment shortage and cyclonic storms like Mora.

A leading international line has, in fact, with effect from July 26, 2017, imposed a port congestion surcharge of 150 US Dollars per container.

However, there is hope that the congestion will subside in about two weeks following the port authority taking key decisions, including allowing bigger container vessels at night and creating more space at the yard, reports added.

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