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UK ban on Bangladesh air freight ends: but nothing changes

(C) Alexey Novikov | It may have been much anticipated, but it turns out that the UK’s recent decision to lift the ban on cargo carried on direct flights out of Bangladesh has amounted to a hill of beans (ie, not much). According to Bangladesh’s Daily Star, the only airline with direct flights between Dhaka and London is Biman Bangladesh – except that it doesn’t have direct flights, because it is currently banned from operating in the EU due to security issues.

While the airline is hopeful of a resolution to the problem soon, it means that Bangladesh’s long-suffering exporters are still paying over the odds to fly their goods out of the country.

International airlines offering services to the UK – mainly the Middle Eastern carriers – must still re-screen cargo in the transit country.

The paper reports that the rescreening process costs Bangladeshi exporters an additional 10-20 cents per kg, depending on the airlines, and adds eight to 12 hours to the transit time.

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