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Student protest and transport strikes hit apparel industry

According to the leaders of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the recent student protests demanding safe roads, and the subsequent transport strikes across the country, has hit the apparel industry very hard.

As per the view of Mainuddin Ahmed, Vice-President, BGMEA, the strike disrupted civil life and export-import activities of the country. The apparel sector was worst hit by the strike as the export-import goods could not be transported. The imported goods could not be unloaded from the maritime port. Export items also did not reach the port on time for shipment. As a result, productivity at the factory was hampered to a great extent.

Ahmed further informed that five vessels left Chittagong Port on August 5 without carrying 1168 export box containers. BGMEA plans to issue a circular asking entrepreneurs how much loss they incurred in this regard.