The damaged goods worth around Tk19 crore
Authorities of Chittagong Customs House have started dumping imported and date-expired containers with damaged goods worth around Tk19 crore to off-docks at the Abdur Rahman Depot area beside Chittagong Toll Road.
Five containers containing poultry feed and soybean meal were dumped on Wednesday.
Concerned officials of Chittagong Customs House, Chittagong Port Authority and other representatives were present during the dumping process.
At least 203 containers at Chittagong port off yards with various essential commodities have been lying at Chittagong port yard for a long time and have become unfit for consumption and harmful for the environment.
Majedul Hoque, Deputy Commissioner (auction) of Chittagong Customs House told Dhaka Tribune that the dumping work began in the presence of all concerned representatives.
“We have started dumping commodities of which dates have expired, unfit for consumption and harmful for the environment. It will take 8-10 days to complete the dumping of all containers,” said the Deputy Commissioner.
The essential commodities were damaged as they lay at the port for years. The importers were reluctant in taking delivery of the commodities due to various reasons including falling prices in the local market.
The cost of the imported damaged goods is around Tk19 crore.
The government would have earned around Tk2 crore as revenue if the commodities had been delivered.
The damaged commodities are onions, apples, oranges, malta fruits, animal feed, poultry feed, MBM, fruit juices, toiletries, sanitary napkins, energy drinks and sunflower oil.