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Chittagong port’s container handling hits record in FY21

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Chittagong Port has made a new record by handling over 3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of containers during fiscal year 2020-21 (FY21).

According to the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) data, some 3,097,236 TEUs of containers were handled through the country’s prime seaport during the FY21, up from 2,797,190 TEUs in the fiscal 2019-20.

Among the handled containers, imported goods were about 1.66 million TEUs and the remaining 1.44 million TEUs were export products.

Besides, cargo handling has been around 113.7 million tons in the outgoing fiscal.

Besides, 4,062 ships have come to and gone from the Chittagong port in FY21. In addition, larger ships are now able to dock at the port jetty and the port authorities consider it one of the successes.

According to the statistics, the Chittagong port has advanced in all the three categories of container, cargo goods and shipping.

CPA Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Shahjahan said despite having risk, the port was fully operational at this time of crisis to keep the country’s economy afloat.

“I have taken the risk for the people of the country. Some of the ports across the world have the record of handling 3 million TEUs of containers within a year. We reached the record and it will increase our ranking,” he added.

He said Chittagong Port is now a member of the “Three Million Club” and it proves that Bangladesh’s economy is growing and its foreign trade is also growing despite corona pandemic.

The CPA chairman also said that Chittagong Port is moving forward with the joint efforts of all stakeholders including officers and employees, berth operators, terminal operators, ship handling operators, C&F agents, freight forwarders, shipping agents and workers.

Chittagong Port Director (Traffic) Enamul Karim said that currently an average of 9,200 TEUs containers are being handled through Chittagong Port every day and if Patenga Jetty is launched in the future, the volume will increase.
Source: Dhaka Tribune

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