CHITTAGONG Customs have recently started destroying cargoes of a number of boxes, in a move to free port yard space as well as the containers which remained occupied for long time, reports Container News.
The customs authority has already destroyed cargoes of 63 containers in the recent days and had started destroying cargoes of 382 more containers from Sunday, September11. These containers were brought to the port between 2004 and 2018 but the importers did not take delivery.
Currently there are 7,500 TEU which can be auctioned off at the port yard which the importers did not take in time or did not apply for time extension, but they are occupying the yard space for a long time. According to the port data, 273 boxes contain dangerous cargo.
The cargoes are being destroyed in a free place close to the dumping station of Chittagong City Corporation.
Officials say the process will take nearly a month and will help free the yard space. According to the port law, importers need to take delivery of containers within 30 days of their common landing.
If they do not take delivery of containers or seek time extension, the port authority can send the boxes to the auction yard requesting Customs officials to start processing for selling the cargoes through auction.