The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and the Bangladesh Truck Covered Van Owners Association leaders called for a concerted effort, especially by law enforcement agencies, to intensify vigilance on highways to stop the theft of readymade garments (RMG) goods during transportation.
They made the call at a meeting between the two associations at the BGMEA Complex in Dhaka on Monday, saying exporters, transport owners, police administration, and other parties concerned, should devise measures to stop the theft of RMG export goods on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway.
BGMEA President Faruque Hassan, Vice President Shahidullah Azim, President of Bangladesh Truck Covered Van Owners Association Tofazzal Hossain Majumder, Executive President Syed Md Bakhtiar, and General Secretary Rustom Ali Khan, were present, among others, at the meeting.
At the meeting, speakers said that apart from financial losses, stealing incidents put exporters in an embarrassing situation when such cases are detected after the goods reach the buyers, they said.
They suggested all garment factories keep the photos of drivers and helpers, and their travel documents, including licenses of trucks and covered vans, as a precautionary measure.
The BGMEA leaders requested a GPS tracker for all goods-laden cargo vans to prevent theft during transportation.
Faruque Hassan said the RMG industry of Bangladesh has earned a global reputation as the safest and greenest industry in the world, and it is an achievement we all must preserve.