Bangladesh garment exporters facing trouble in operations recently demanded a faster and efficient service from the customs houses of Dhaka, Chattogram and Benapole ports. There is a trust deficit regarding services between customs officials and bond facility users, said Rubana Huq, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
Huq was addressing a meeting between the leaders of the trade body and the customs bond commissionerate, the customs houses of Dhaka, Chattogram and Benapole at the BGMEA office in Dhaka.
Many garment entrepreneurs are being harassed by a section of officials as notices are being served to factory owners for not attaching the details of back-to-back letters of credit with the utilisation declaration (UD) of bonded goods.
Huq suggested forming a joint committee involving the government officials, BGMEA representatives and clearing and forwarding agents to smoothen the activities of bond related issues in garment business. She also demanded automation of bond management so that the entrepreneurs can easily complete the audit efficiently.
She also suggested the bond commissionerate give the names of bond abusers to the trade body so that official action can be taken against the abusers. (DS)