Bangladesh: Air freight update

Thursday, 17 March 2016

The embargo imposed on direct air cargo by the UK Department for Transport remains in force, continuing to affect UK importers seeking to import from Dhaka.

Indirect carriers have experienced a surge in demand for capacity. The enforced carton level screening at Dhaka terminal is causing delays in cargo being available and as such flights are departing under utilized. The screening process is now unable to process GOH frames, and as such consignments are being routed by Sea-Air.

Additional security screening required at the carrier’s transit airport has also affected carrier’s transit times, as all cargo is unloaded and rescreened before onward connection.

ACS solutions

  • Indirect air carriers
    • Singapore Airlines, Malaysian, Etihad, Jet, Air India, Kuwait Air
  • Scheduled Freighter services
    • Regular freighter services via Middle East hubs
  • Sea-Air services via Singapore
    • 4 departures per week
    • 4 day close out at Chittagong
    • 12 day transit time to London
    • GOH bespoke frames capability

Key effects of the embargo:

  • Withdrawal of Biman direct flight capacity: Up to 100 tonnes per week
  • Increased demand on indirect carriers capacity
  • Potential for carrier backlogs at Dhaka Airport
  • Increased air freight rates on all carriers
  • Delays on route due to additional screening at the carriers transit airport
  • Carriers refusal to uplift GOH in bespoke frames

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