The forced shipment of empty containers from the yard of the Chattogram port is finally coming to an end, a positive development for foreign shipping liners as it would allow them to avoid the financial losses they have been incurring for the last six years.
During a meeting on February 14th Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) assured the Bangladesh Shipping Agents Association (BSAA) and the Bangladesh Container Shipping Association (BCSA) that the practice would be discontinued
The Chattogram Port Authority would soon issue an official order to this effect.
The port authorities may attach some conditions, including moving away empty containers through preferable vessels or shifting them to private off-docks after keeping them at the yard for three days, said an official of the port.
Bangladesh Shipping Agents Association Chairman Arif was quoted by a local daily as saying that the forced shipment causes problems for Main Line Operators.
This is because feeder operators usually levy higher freight rates and may leave containers at a port where they are not supposed to end up when there is no arrangement between them, he said.