UK lifts ban on direct air cargo from Dhaka


The UK has lifted its ban on direct air cargo from Dhaka.

The decision was announced by British High Commissioner Alison Blake at a press conference at Hazrat Shahjalal International on Sunday.

UK lifts ban on direct air cargo from Dhaka.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister AKM Shahjahan Kamal and Civil Aviation Association of Bangladesh member Mostafizur Rahman were also present at the event.

Blake provided the minister with an official notice of the decision.

The UK had suspended direct air cargo from Shahjalal International Airport citing security reasons from March 2016. Bangladesh later hired a British company to improve the security mechanism.

It has been waiting for the ban to be lifted since. During his visit British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had said the UK was pleased with Bangladesh’s ‘progress’ on the issue and that the matter was all but settled.

The economic impact of the ban has not been assessed, but officials say it costs businesses both money and time because airlines have to get the cargo scanned at another airport before they enter the UK.