UK lifts Bangladesh air cargo ban

The UK has removed a ban on airfreight being moved directly from Bangladesh, but there’s still work to be done before exports can continue.

A week ago, British high commissioner in Bangladesh Alison Blake and Bangladesh civil aviation and tourism minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal informed local journalists that the UK had elevated the ban, which had been in place since March 2016 due to worries that cargo wasn’t correctly being screened-in.

“I am happy to confirm that the short-term suspension on direct air cargo between Bangladesh and the UK happens to be removed, following substantial progress made in meeting a number of important security conditions,” Blake told local reporters.

“We will continue checking the safety system of Shahjalal International Airport as it is a ongoing work to keep flight handling secure so that our individuals and the cargo continue to keep flow.”

The UK’s Department for Transport added: “Following constant co-operation with the federal government of Bangladesh about the requirements of aircraft security at Dhaka International Airport, the Department for Transport has eliminated the beginning limitations suspending the carriage of cargo on direct flights from Dhaka to the UK.

“The UK government will continue to work with the governing administration of Bangladesh to assistance ongoing improvement in standards for all facets of aviation security.”

It is recognized that Bangladesh will have to go through three combined safety examination each year.

The move was accepted by Bangladesh Freight Forwarders Association director Nurul Amin, who’s also managing director of Tower Freight Logistics.

On the other hand, he noticed that Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which is the primary airline providing direct UK-Bangladesh services, and also the export cargo warehouse still need gain the European Union’s third-country controlled broker certification prior to it might offer cargo services to the UK.

It’s recognized that particular areas of the warehouse have been authorized and the certification is in the procedure for being released.

This news will no doubt come as a comfort to forwarders and exporters which have been susceptible to pay extra taxes to have cargo screened in a third country prior to being moved to the UK. It has also extended transport times.

They are going to also be optimistic the move may lead other nations around the world which have put a ban on direct exports from Bangladesh to lift their bans.

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