Drop shipping service from Ctg to Barcelona, ​​Rotterdam coming soon

A ship is seen at the Port of Chattogram. Photo: Rajib Raihan/FILE

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A ship is seen at the Port of Chattogram. Photo: Rajib Raihan/FILE

Another direct container service between Chattogram and two European ports will be launched next month.

Swiss-based marine logistics service provider Commodity Supplies AG has taken the new initiative to launch the service with three of its vessels chartered to operate from Barcelona in Spain to Chattogram to Europe’s largest port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Low.

Reliance Shipping and Logistics Limited, the company’s Bangladeshi agent, on Sunday requested the chairman of the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) to grant direct line clearance for the three container ships named MV Spica, MV Andromeda J and MV Music.

Earlier in February, an Italian shipping company launched a direct service between Chattogram and Italy, opening the door to transporting the country’s export goods directly to any EU destination bypassing transshipment ports. .

Reliance Shipping chairman Mohammed Rashed hoped they would get CPA clearance soon, as the CPA chairman had already responded positively to their appeal.

Once cleared, they plan to launch the service in the third week of May when one of the three ships will depart from Barcelona for Chattogram, he said.

The country has long suffered from a lack of direct shipping services to Europe, its main export destination, mainly due to limited access for large vessels to the Port of Chattogram.

Currently, export containers are first transported by small supply vessels to four transshipment ports, including Colombo, Singapore as well as Tanjung Pelepas and Port Klang in Malaysia and some ports in China.

The containers are then loaded onto larger motherships linking Europe, the United States and Africa.

At present, transshipment ports, especially Colombo, are facing prolonged vessel congestion and hence it takes around 40 days for the country’s export cargoes to reach EU destinations.

Rashed said that once the new service is launched, export shipments could be sent to Barcelona within 20 to 22 days.

CPA Contract Chairman Rear Admiral M Shahjahan told the Daily Star that they always welcome any direct shipping service to EU destinations and would prioritize services.

He said he had already given a nod to this latest appeal and clearance is now in the formal process.

CPA Chairman M Shahjahan also informed that in the coming months there will be more ships to be called directly from Chattogram to Europe and other destinations as many countries have already expressed interest in this regard.

Sources indicated that the port of Leixoes in Portugal is in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding with the CPA for a direct service from Chattogram, while Slovakia has sent its expression of interest for direct shipping.

Confirming this, the CPA Chairman said that the United Arab Emirates had also shown interest in inaugurating direct calls from Chattogram.

He hoped that all this would reduce export delays and increase the country’s export orders.

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