The CTG-Dubai sea route is expected to be launched in April

The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) is working to launch a new sea route linking Chattogram with Dubai, officials said.

This will be the first shipping route connecting Chittagong seaport with Middle East countries.

After the launch, officials said CMA CGA, a Hong Kong-based shipping company, will begin operating vessels on the Chittagong-Dubai sea route.

The ships will transport cargo, particularly vegetables, from the port of Chittagong to Dubai, from where they will be exported to countries in the Middle East.

The cost of exporting goods, including vegetables, will decrease significantly, since air transport is currently the main means of export, which is costly. One ship will leave Chittagong Seaport every week with containers bound for Dubai, while one ship will come from Dubai to Chittagong Seaport every week.

According to Md Omar Faruk, Secretary of the Chittagong Ports Authority (CPA), “We are now trying to start new sea routes with the Port of Chittagong. A new Chittagong seaport sea route with Dubai is likely to be launched next month.”

Rear Admiral M Shahjahan, Chairman of the CPA, said: “The quality and capacity of Chittagong seaport is increasing day by day, like other modern ports in the world. We have the option to start a direct route with Chittagong to the USA. We will now prioritize shipowner applications for new routes from Chittagong seaport.”

He said they recently gave permission for a new ship to transport containers to European ports. Now the ports of Portugal, Slovenia and Dubai have expressed interest in signing agreements with the port of Chittagong for direct sea routes.

Mahbubul Alam, President of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Port Users Forum, said the new sea route will reduce the cost and time required to transport exported and imported goods.

Sayed Najrul Islam, 1st Vice President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), also pointed to the promising future of the Chittagong-Dubai sea route, especially for exporters of the RMG sector.

The CPA is currently prioritizing applications from shipowners for new routes from the Chittagong seaport. Last year, CPA opened a new sea route with China and resumed the Chittagong Europe sea route. If new sea routes are established in the future, they will greatly increase the country’s export and import capabilities.

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