BANGLADESH's leading gateway, Chittagong port posted seven per cent growth in container volumes last year.
The port handled 3.1 million TEU of containers, including import, export and empty boxes, reported Hellenic Shipping News.
Dhaka Inland Container Depot (ICD) handled a record container throughput of 95,000 TEU in 2019, a 13.61 per cent rise year on year.
People familiar with the development at the Dhaka ICD attributed the positive growth to improvements in the rail tracks between Dhaka and Chattogram.
The installation of double rail track between Dhaka and Chattogram port is now in the final stages and will be completed later this year, according to the Bangladesh Railway.
Some insiders say many containers bound for Chattogram are also released from Dhaka ICD, as it is believed that this arrangement is 'favourable' to importers who later carry the goods to Chattogram in lorries.
Located at Kamalapur, the ICD is owned by Bangladesh Railway and the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) as the former has provided the land and wagons for carrying the containers.
An average of 70 wagons plied between Dhaka and Chattogram port a month in 2019. The figure was around 60 in 2018.
This route is used mostly to carry imported commercial finished products, diplomatic goods and industrial raw materials. Also, exportable garment products, different food and beverage items, biscuits, puffed rice and dry foods are also carried on this route.