Container congestion again at Chittagong

Container congestion has reappeared in the Chittagong port with the storage capacity being exceeded on September 8th.

It was thought that the reasons were the unavailability of adequate transport for the Eid-ul-Azha holiday. The poor presence of staff of clearing and forwarding (C&F) agents was also said to be to blame. It stayed closed for 12 hours on September 2nd when Eid was celebrated. There were 34,160 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) in the port’s container yards the day before Eid. By September 7th the figure reached 41,000 TEUs, well past the 36,357-TEU capacity. The congestion was acute at yards designated to hold 26,857 TEUs of imported goods. There were 37,550 TEUs there, 6,673 of those waiting to be taken away to privately-owned inland container depots (ICD).

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