The clearing and forwarding agents association has urged the government to issue a statutory regulatory order (SRO) in the next budget that will allow unloading some specific import products at Mongla Port.
“We import machinery, manufacturing, furniture and metal-based products through Chittagong Port, which is very much costly,” Mongla Customs Clearing and Forwarding Agents Association (MCCFAA) president Sultan Hossain Khan said at a meeting with the port authority.
If the government issues an SRO to import some products through Mongla Port, local businesses will be benefited, added the leader.
The association held two separate meetings – one at Bagerhat on Wednesday and another at Mongla on Thursday with the port authority and submitted the proposal to the NBR.
The National Board of Revenue, Mongla Customs House (MCH) and Mongla Port Authority jointly organised the meetings titled “Revenue Dialogue”.
The proposal demands obligatory import of products according to the chapter 82, 83, 84 and 94 of Bangladesh Customs Tariff first schedule.
The chapters featuring products include tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, base metal, miscellaneous articles of base metal, nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances, furniture, bedding, mattresses, cushions, lamps and light fittings, illuminated signs, illuminated name-plates and the like and prefabricated buildings.
NBR member Farid Uddin said the importance of Mongla Port will increase after implementation of Padma Bridge, Rampal Power Plant and other development projects.
The government should import goods and project-related items through the port to keep it alive.
He also suggested keeping a provision that would allow importing vehicles only through Mongla Port.