Representatives of nearly 20 global retailers held a meeting with Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) officials seeking a solution to prolonged problem of delay in delivery of garment samples from the Dhaka (Bangladesh) airport to the factories. These retailers directly or indirectly purchase around US $ 10 billion worth of garment items from Bangladesh.
Incidents of missing and delayed delivery of samples from the airport have been an issue of concern among retailers and manufacturers. The delay in sample delivery to the factories results into delay in shipment of goods abroad.
“Delayed delivery of samples from the airport in Dhaka is a concern not only for the international retailers, but also for us and for the country,” said Mahmud Hasan Khan Babu, Vice President of BGMEA, who represented the manufacturers at the meeting.
The garment makers highly rely on samples sent by the international retailers to produce apparel items.
The service quality at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka has improved a bit in recent times, but not enough to satisfy the international customers like the garment retailers, added Babu. Many times sample delivery takes more than a week time to deliver the apparel samples from the airport which is supposed to take more than one or two days.