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
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
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.