Chittagong has seen the export cargo backlog worsening.
As of July 9, there was a total of 13,836 TEUs, equivalent of 20-foot units, of export cargoes stockpiled at 19 private inland container depots in Chittagong for shipments. 12,223 export cargoes were there on July 8.
During the normal timeframe, the depots have a backlog of nearly 6,000 TEUs.
Such a massive backlog will affect the export earnings sector, particularly the clothing sector.
Chittagong port’s shortage of pre-assigned feeder vessels to link with other mother vessels have created the backlog. Feeder’s vessels carry goods either up to the port of Singapore or Port of Colombo to link with mother vessels.
Meanwhile, the depots had a total of 33,696 TEUs empty containers on July 9.
Based on the statistics prepared by the Bangladesh Inland Container Depots Association (BICDA), a group of 19 privately-owned off-docks, they had 10,704 TEUs 40-ft empty containers which are needed for stuffing export items.