Port of Chittagong

Port of Chittagong

Currently, Bangladesh’s prime seaport has a 50,000-TEU storage capacity, including the yard at Pangaon Inland Container Terminal. However, the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) will build a one million-square-meter (1.19 million-square-yard) mega-container yard, which will substantially increase storage capacity, lessening port yard congestion. The new facility, to be called Bay Container Yard (BCY), will add space for 550,000 TEUs, increasing Chittagong port’s storage capacity to 600,000 TEUs — a more than tenfold increase in yard storage capacity. The new yard is expected to cost $87.5 million and will be built by PSA Singapore.

With average annual container handling growth of more than 10 percent, the Chittagong port yard faces acute congestion throughout the year from container storage. Moreover, during festival-linked holidays, when truckers are reluctant to transport cargo, the number of containers at the port yard exceeds storage capacity

Chittagong, which handles nearly 90 percent of  Bangladesh’s seaborne trade, handled nearly 3 million TEU in 2017, compared with its designed annual capacity of 1.7 million TEU. The private sector inland container depots (ICDs) provide some storage container relief for Chittagong port; the ICDs can handle 1.56 million TEU per year.

06 May 2019
On Monday evening, roughly 12,760 TEU of export containers, 8,914 TEU import containers, and 38,000 empty containers were clogging inland container depots near the port.
02 May 2019
Chittagong — which suffers from a lack of container capacity, contributing to sporadic congestion even during good weather — ended operations 10 a.m. Thursday local time.
29 Mar 2019
Shippers are fighting a decision by 18 privately owned inland container depots to raise packing charges on a wide range of cargo categories.
06 Mar 2019
Shippers using the inland container depot to store empty containers will now be subject to an additional $6 per day charge.
11 Feb 2019
Chittagong will offer priority berthing to vessels carrying containers bound for the state-run Pangaon Container Terminal.
21 Jan 2019
Bangladesh shippers have nearly tapped out containerized rail capacity on the Chittagong-Dhaka route.
Containers at Chittagong port.
21 Dec 2018
With annual handling volume increasing substantially, Chittagong faces yard congestion throughout the year.
A highway in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
30 Nov 2018
The existing Dhaka-Chittagong highway is a lifeline for Bangladesh’s growing international trade business, but it is outmoded. The new, expanded highway is expected to substantially reduce cargo transport costs and time.
23 Nov 2018
PSA Singapore will build and operate a multibillion dollar terminal complex that will double Chittagong annual capacity to 6 million TEU.
Chittagong Port.
13 Nov 2018
Inadequate equipment has been a major shipper complaint in this busy and congested port for the past decade, but now it appears the port authority has taken steps to address the problem by adding equipment in the last few months.
A busy street in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
28 Oct 2018
Transport workers and employers are protesting an amendment to the Road Transport Act that holds them largely responsible for any fatal road accidents.
Containers at a port.
25 Oct 2018
The Chittagong Customs House Wednesday issued the handling notification, which was requested by the Chittagong Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Chittagong Port
15 Oct 2018
Bangladesh Shipping Secretary Abdus Samad told JOC.com the decision was made with the interests of Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Mongla ports in mind.
Containers stacked at a port.
10 Oct 2018
On Tuesday evening, the owners of trucks called off their strike after a meeting with government officials. The officials said they would communicate the strikers' concerns to the prime minster about a new law's traffic liability provisions.
Chittagong Port.
24 Sep 2018
The Chittagong Port Authority implemented the measure to reduce vessel wait times and the long line in the outer anchorage.
Containers stacked at a port.
04 Sep 2018
Currently, the ship wait time in the country’s prime seaport is about five days, and officials believe that can be reduced substantially.
Chittagong port with containers.
08 Aug 2018
To date, five feeder vessels have left the port, failing to receive 1,168 TEU of export containers, as those containers did not reach the port yard in time.
Containers stacked at a port.
06 Aug 2018
Businesses applauded the decision, terming it a “superb step” that will help the port achieve its goal of maximum use, around the clock.
16 Jul 2018
A rule requiring electronic locking of containers and re-imposition of weight limits for trucks is riling Chittagong shippers.
A CMA CGM ship near Japan.
10 Jul 2018
The service, if added, would complement existing feeder services by other ocean carriers. A CMA CGM official said the company has held talks about the possible service.
Chittagong Port.
25 Jun 2018
Every year, during the April to October period, Chittagong Port experiences severe congestion, which causes a vessel backup at the outer anchorage lasting from several days to more than a week.
Ships in line at Chittagong Port.
14 Jun 2018
An average of 24 container ships have been waiting daily at the port’s outer anchorage, officials said.
Containers stacked at a port.
11 Jun 2018
Officials have taken steps to reduce container levels at the port, however with almost all trade and business operations closed for the week, cargo buildup and handling delays will occur.
Chittagong port with containers.
08 Jun 2018
Inland container depots (ICDs) are responsible for stuffing and unstuffing export and import containers on their premises. If Bangladesh does not add more ICDs, cargo delays and missed shipments are likely to increase at/near Chittagong Port.
A feeder Ship.
29 May 2018
The four vessels will more than double the transport capacity via this mode, as three vessels are already in operation, and more are expected to join the fleet in the coming months.
Chittagong Port.
21 May 2018
Congestion at the port is at its worst during the May-September, trans-Pacific, peak shipping season, but officials hope the additional capacity and introduction of round-the-clock operations will result in less congestion this year.
A busy road in cntral Dhaka, Bangladesh.
17 May 2018
The Chittagong Chambers of Commerce & Industry president said he spoke with the Road Transport and Highways minister and secretary and they assured him of issuing a directive relaxing the weight limit for trucks within a day or two.
14 May 2018
Port congestion at some Asian ports is delaying cargo.
A highway in Bangladesh.
14 May 2018
As a result of a road construction project on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, export containers are being delayed several days, and even weeks in some cases; imports are experiencing up to three-day delays.
Chittagong Port.
25 Apr 2018
The Prime Minister’s Office recently asked the Chittagong Port Authority to take proper measures to ensure that less-than-containerload cargoes are unstuffed in two days and delivered to the consignees within three days.
A ship nears Kolkata port.
23 Apr 2018
In a recent letter to the Bangladesh High Commission in Kolkata, India's Kolkata Port Trust chairman Vinit Kumar expressed his consent to let Bangladeshi shippers use the ports it oversees — the Kolkata Dock System and Haldia Dock Complex.
Containers at a port.
16 Apr 2018
After a container is unloaded from a vessel to the yard, the Chittagong Port Authority lets shippers store the container in the yard for free for four days; on the fifth day, storage rent is charged.
Chittagong Port.
04 Apr 2018
Trade officials said additional equipment, the repair of one ship-to-shore gantry crane, and increased container storage capacity helped increase port productivity.
Chittagong Port.
30 Mar 2018
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Containers at a port.
19 Mar 2018
Under the limit, a three-axle truck laden with a TEU has a 30 tonne weight limit and a FEU on a four-axle truck has a 40 tonne weight limit.