Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA), the apex apparel body in Bangladesh has sought an alternative customs channel as an emergency byway alongside the global Asycuda world system that repeated failed them in cargo shipment. Interruption in the system earlier had held back export and import trade through the seaports, they pointed out. BGMEA has proposed that the National Board of Revenue (NBR) arrange alternative servers in Dhaka and Chittagong customs houses to conduct uninterrupted external trade in readymade garments.
The BGMEA's proposal came after the country's export-import business faced a blow on January 18-22 due to technical glitch in the Asycuda world system. According to the officials the problem now has been resolved but reason behind the technical glitch was yet to be fixed by both local and foreign experts. Experts of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) are now working to find out the fault line, they said.
The UNCTAD provided customs-data software and technical support to the revenue board in upgrading the Asycuda++ to Asycuda World.