The export of clothing through Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) slowed down again as two machines equipped with an explosives detection system (EDS) broke down at the airport.
“Two DHSs have remained inoperative in the past week, stopping the scanning of exportable clothing items,” said Faruque Hassan, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
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“It was the last EDS at the airport to scan cargo.”
Only the canine squad has scanned the goods in the past week, he said.
Exporters said the canine squad can scan a maximum of 110 tonnes per day, although 1,200 tonnes of export cargo per day arrive at HSIA for EDS scanning.
If two EDS machines remain functional, some 800 tonnes of cargo can be shipped from HSIA per day, Hassan told the Daily Star today.
He made the comments after meeting with Md Mokammel Hossain, secretary of civil aviation and tourism, at his secretariat in Dhaka.
The ministry assured them that two EDS scanners would be installed at the HSIA on October 14, Hassan said.
During the meeting, Hassan urged the government to take immediate action to repair the inoperative EDS machines.
He also called for increasing the number of scanners to speed up scanning of export cargoes, BGMEA said in a statement.