BICDA members are still discussing raising four other charges, including those for handling export containers, haulage, lifting and verifying gross mass.
Private inland container depots in Bangladesh have raised the tariff for handling import-laden containers by around 34 per cent with immediate effect citing the hike in fuel prices. Charges for five types of services requiring diesel, such as vehicular and equipment operations, need to be adjusted, said the Bangladesh Inland Container Depots Association.
The services include transporting a container with imported goods from the Chattogram port yard to a depot and from the depot yard to a delivery yard by using forklifts and loading goods of containers onto the receiver’s truck.
According to a BIDCA circular, the charge for the import handling service involving a 20-foot container has been raised from Tk 9,754 to Tk 13,080 while for a 40-foot container from Tk 11,255 to Tk 15,107.
Fuel prices were hiked by up to 51.7 per cent, the highest till now. Each litre of diesel now costs Tk 114 from Tk 80 earlier.
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mahbubul Alam said importers and exporters will have to bear the rise in cost, according to Bangla media reports.
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) first vice president Syed Nazrul Islam said BICDA should have first discussed with stakeholders for the increase to be rational.
BICDA secretary general Mohammad Ruhul Amin Sikder, however, said though diesel was now over 42.5 per cent costlier, they had raised the import handling charge by only 34 per cent after a rational analysis.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)