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There is a risk of fire due to the goods lying in the reserved areas of the Chittagong Port Authority

There is a risk of fire due to the goods lying in the reserved areas of the Chittagong Port Authority

The port authority has requested auction or destruction of 1 thousand 556 lots of goods lying in various sheds of Chittagong port for a long time. In the letter written to the auction branch of Chittagong Customs, it is said that the security system of Chittagong port is increasing threat and fire risk for these unclaimed goods. However, the Chittagong Customs Authority says that the auction is a routine activity. Two auctions are conducted every month. Port accounting is paper based. Customs officials claim that many of these products have been auctioned. It is known that the letter sent from the office of terminal manager of Chittagong port on April 15 mentioned that due to the presence of goods in various sheds handed over to the Chittagong customs authority at the Chittagong port jetty, besides the loss of government revenue, the operational activities are being severely affected. Due to the products lying in the protected area of Chittagong Port Authority and neighboring areas, the operational activities of the port are seriously disrupted with the threat of fire, security risk and environmental pollution. Earlier, Chittagong Customs authorities have been repeatedly asked about the matter. Besides, the related documents have been sent on March 21.According to the office of terminal manager of Chittagong port, there are 327 lots of goods handed over to customs in CCT-CFS shed, 124 lots in NCT-CFS shed, 205 lots in shed No. 13, 125 lots in shed No. 12, 231 lots in shed No. 9, shed No. 8. 114 lots, 72 lots in shed no.7, 107 lots in shed no.6, 33 lots in shed no.5, 29 lots in N-shed, 72 lots in P chemical and XY shed and 129 lots in D shed. If you want to know about this, Chittagong Custom House Commissioner Md. Faizur Rahman told Dainik Azadi that a list of such products is sent to us every week from Chittagong port. In fact, we have already completed the auction of many products from the calculation given by the port. We are doing at least two auctions every month.It should be noted that the supply has to be taken within 30 days after the imported goods are unloaded from the ship at the port yard. If an importer does not take delivery of the goods within this period, the customs will issue a notice to him. If the goods are not delivered within 15 days of giving the notice, the customs authorities can auction them. Besides, goods seized on false declaration can also be auctioned. Ports and customs have not been able to implement this rule of auctioning within a total of 45 days for a long time. Due to this, these containers are left in the port yard. Containers are often jammed at the port due to import goods not being cleared on time. Even if the container is lying day after day, the port authority does not charge.The officials of Chittagong port said that most of the goods remained at the port without proper cooperation from the customs authorities. If the auction process is speeded up, the goods should not remain inside the port.

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