About Us

The Bangladesh Trade Portal is a one-stop point for information relating to export from and import into Bangladesh. Hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, the portal provides an accessible, logical, helpful window for traders to access important regulatory and procedural information needed to export and import.

The portal is an important step for the government toward improving the predictability and transparency of the country’s trading laws and processes. This is in line with the government’s commitment to facilitate information sharing, the 7th Five Year Plan which focuses on accelerating economic growth, as well as compliance with Article 1 of the Trade Facilitation Agreement with the World Trade Organization.  

The portal is hosted by the Ministry of Commerce on behalf of all the government agencies involved in the import/export processes. The following are the agencies or organizations represented on this website. If you require further information specifically for one of these agencies you can view each agency's own website by following the links below.


The Prime Minister's Office is the office of the Head of the Government of Bangladesh. It provides administrative, secretarial and financial assistance to the Prime Minister, and is also involved with the country’s intelligence and security services, promulgation of laws/ policies, matters related to investment, exports, NGO affairs, and activities of the Prime Minister.
For more details, please visit: http://www.pmo.gov.bd/

Ministry of Finance

Building # 7, Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka, Bangladesh
The ministry is responsible for state finance, including the state budget, taxation and economic policy in Bangladesh. It is led by the Finance Minister of Bangladesh. The department must report to the Parliament of Bangladesh. 
For more details, please visit: http://www.mof.gov.bd/

Ministry of Commerce

Bangladesh Secretariat, Building No: 3
Dhaka, Bangladesh
The Ministry of Commerce of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh is responsible for trade and commerce related activities within Bangladesh and internationally.
The functions of the Ministry of Commerce are:
  • Promotion and regulation of internal commerce.
  • Provision and publication of commercial intelligence and statistics.
  • Administration of the Bangladeshi Companies Act, Partnership Act, 1932, Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Trade Organisations Ordinance, 1961.
  • Control and Organisation of the Bangladeshi Chamber of Commerce.
  • Administration of Price Advising Boards.
  • Administration of Accountancy including Chartered Accountancy within Bangladesh
  • Administration of Cost and management Accountancy within Bangladesh.
  • Matters relating to vested and abandoned commercial properties.
  • Matters relating to Commercial Monopolies and Price Controls.
  • Export policies including protocols, treaties agreements and conventions bearing on trade with foreign countries.
  • Reviewing export policies and programmes.
  • Regulation and control of import trade and policies thereof.
  • Trade delegation to and from abroad, overseas trade, exhibitions and trade representation in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Purchase and supply of internal and external stores.
  • Transit trade through Bangladesh.
  • State Trading.
  • International Commodity Agreements.
  • Export promotion including administration of export credit guarantee scheme.
  • Tariff commission, tariff policy, tariff valuation, commonwealth tariff Preference, general and international agreements on tariff.
  • International trade organization including UNCTAD, the EU and GATT liaison.
  • Quality control, standardization and marking of the agricultural products/animals products for the purpose of export.
  • Administration of Commercial Wings in Bangladesh missions abroad and appointment of officers and staff thereof.
  • Secretariat administration including financial matters.
  • Administration and control of subordinate offices and organizations under this Ministry.
  • Liaison with International Organisations and matters relating to treaties and agreements with other countries and world bodies relating to subjects allotted to this Ministry.
  • All laws on subjects allotted to this ministry.
  • Inquiries and statistics on any of the subjects allotted to this ministry.
  • Fees in respect of any of the subjects allotted to this Ministry except fees taken in courts.

For more details, please visit: http://www.mincom.gov.bd/


The Ministry of Industries is primarily responsible for developing new policies and strategies for promotion, expansion and sustainable development of industrial sector of the country. The Ministry of Industries acts a facilitator of the private sector with a view to creating increased industrial activities in the country.

For more details, please visit: http://www.moind.gov.bd/



The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is the central authority for tax administration in Bangladesh. Administratively, it is under the Internal Resources Division of the Ministry of Finance.

The main responsibility of NBR is to collect domestic revenue (primarily, Import Duties and Taxes, VAT and Income Tax ) for the government. Other responsibilities include administration of all matters related to taxes, duties and other tax producing fees. Under the overall control of IRD, NBR administers the Excise, VAT, Customs and Income-Tax services

For more details, please visit: http://www.nbr-bd.org/


The Ministry of Home Affairs provides security to life and property, conducts rescue operations, investigates criminal cases, fights criminals, crimes and militancy, protects border and coastal belt, checks smuggling, formulates immigration and emigration related polices and combats trafficking of humans and drugs. Thus, MoHA is relentlessly working to create a safe habitable human environment by ensuring peace and security throughout the country.

For more details, please visit: http://mha.gov.bd/



The Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the major road networks and bridges of Bangladesh.

For more details, please visit: http://www.rhd.gov.bd/



The Ministry of Post, Telecommunication and Information and Information Technology is the government entity responsible for articulating policies in the areas of Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Post in Bangladesh.

For more details, please visit: http://www.ptd.gov.bd/


The Ministry of Shipping encompasses within its fold shipping and port sectors which include national waterways, inland water transport, ports, ocean shipping, safety and environmental matters and the regulatory aspects of maritime shipping and maritime education. The ministry is responsible for formulating policies and plans on these subjects and facilitation of implementation of various projects. This ministry also supports the maintenance and expansion of viable, efficient and water-dependent transportation and communication systems as the cheapest way of economic activities in both rural & urban areas.

For more details, please visit: http://www.mos.gov.bd/


Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock

Building No. 6, Floor 5th, 14th & 15th
Bangladesh Secretariat
Phone : 9545700
FAX : 9512220

The Bangladesh Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock exists to promote the development of these sectors countrywide.

Currently the fishery and livestock sectors contribute around 8% to national income, or 32% of the total agricultural income. About 90% of animal protein in our diet comes from fish and livestock.

The functions of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock are as follows:

  • Preservation of fish resources
  • Ensure sufficient animal protein is available to the public through the proper management and planned development of livestock resources
  • Improve the socio-economic conditions of fishermen
  • Create employment opportunities for the rural unemployed and landless

Expand foreign exchange earnings by exporting fish and fishery products Promote new technologies through fishery research, development and preservation. 

For more details, please visit: http://www.mofl.gov.bd/

Bangladesh Bank

Bangladesh Bank, Head Office,
2nd Annex Building (17 floor)
Motijheel, Dhaka-1000

The Bangladesh Bank was established under the Bangladesh Bank Order, 1972 (P.O. No. 127 of 1972) on the 16th December, 1971.

The Bangladesh Bank performs all the core functions of a typical monetary and financial sector regulator and, and a number of other non-core functions. The major functional areas include :

  • Formulation and implementation of monetary and credit policies.
  • Regulation and supervision of banks and non-bank financial institutions, promotion and development of domestic financial markets.
  • Management of the country's international reserves.
  • Issuance of currency notes.
  • Regulation and supervision of the payment system.
  • Acting as banker to the government.
  • Money Laundering Prevention.
  • Collection and furnishing of credit information.
  • Implementation of the Foreign exchange regulation Act.
  • Managing a Deposit Insurance Scheme.

The Bangladesh Bank currently has ten offices located at Motijheel, Sadarghat, Chittagong, Khulna, Bogra, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Barisal, Rangpur and Mymensingh in Bangladesh; total manpower stood at 4951 (officials 3961, subordinate staff 990) as on November 30, 2012.

For more details, please visit: http://www.bangladesh-bank.org/


Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) is the principal private investment promotion and facilitation agency of Bangladesh. The act mandated BIDA for providing diversified promotional and facilitating services with a view to accelerating industrial development of the country. BIDA’s present functions include i)   Investment Promotion, ii)  Investment Facilitation, and iii) Policy Advocacy

For more details, please visit: http://www.boi.gov.bd/


Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority

    Phone: +880 2 9670530, 9675489, 9675410, 9672969, 9613461,9614332
    PABX : +880 2 9661370, 9613469
    Fax : +880 2 9661849, 9673020, 9668472

The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZ) is the official organ of government tasked with the promotion, attraction and facilitation of foreign investment within legally declared special Export Processing Zones (EPZs). Within Export Processing Zones, BEPZA performs the following governmental functions:

  • Inspection & supervision compliance related to social & environmental issues, Safety & security compliance within work places
  • Maintenance of harmonious labor-management & industrial relations.

The primary objective of an EPZ is to provide special areas where potential investors will find a congenial investment climate free from cumbersome procedures.

What is the definition of an EPZ within Bangladesh?

An export processing zone (EPZ) is defined as a territorial or economic enclave in which goods may be imported and manufactured and reshipped with a reduction in duties / and/or minimal intervention by custom officials (World Bank 1999).

Bangladeshi EPZs provide the following services and/or facilities:

  • Plots/factory buildings in custom bonded area
  • Infrastructural facilities
  • Administrative facilities
  • Fiscal & non-fiscal incentives
  • EPZ attracts : foreign & local investment 

Companies listed under BEPZA are broken into the following catergoies:

  • A - 100% foreign ownership 58%
  • B - joint venture 14%
  • C - 100% local venture 28%

Current Bangladesh EPZ's are as follows::

  1. Chittagong EPZ
  2. Dhaka EPZ
  3. Mongla EPZ
  4. Ishwardi EPZ
  5. Comilla EPZ
  6. Uttara EPZ
  7. Adamjee EPZ
  8. Karnaphuli EPZ

For more details, please visit: http://www.epzbangladesh.org.bd/



Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau
TCB Bhaban
1, Kawran Bazar (2nd, 4th Floor & 9th Floor)
Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh
Phone (PABX):+88-02-8180084,+88-02-8180087
Fax: +88-02-9119531(General), +88-02-8151631 (Fair),
+88-02-9559949 (Textile)

The Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Bangladesh, is a government agency operating under the Ministry of Commerce

Its task is the promotion of exports from Bangladesh and creating a climate that supports export activities. It is tasked with

  • Coordinating export development efforts
  • Formulating and promoting the adoption of policies and programs to promote Bangladeshi exports
  • Coordinating, monitoring and evaluating national export performance and analysing export trends
  • Carrying out promotional activities to promote product development & to support the expansion of supply side capacity
  • Exploring markets abroad
  • Collecting and disseminating trade information to the stakeholders
  • Organizing participation in international trade fairs abroad;
  • Imparting training for HRD
  • Conducting studies, surveys, research etc. for expansion and diversification of export and Administering and monitoring of RMG quota.

The Export Promotion Bureau is based in Dhaka. It has 3 regional offices in Chittagong, Khulna and Rajshahi. In addition, there are 3 branch offices at Sylhet, Comilla and Narayangonj.

The Head Office of EPB consists of the following Divisions/Cells :

  • Policy and Planning Division.
  • Commodities Development Division.
  • Information Division.
  • Fairs and Display Division.
  • Administration and Finance Division.
  • Textile Cell.
  • Statistics and Research Division.
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Cell

Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC)

Paramanu Bhaban
E-12/A, Agargaon
Sher-e-Bangla Nagar
Dhaka-1207, Bangladesh
PABX: +880-2-8181846
Fax: +880-2-8181845, 8181842

The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) was established in February 1973 to promote the peaceful application of nuclear energy in the fields of Food, Agriculture, Health, Industry and Environment. It is also tasked with ensuring the safe use of nuclear energy and technology and monitors and promotes radiation safety nationwide. The BAEC also manages nuclear Research and Development programs on behalf of the Bangladeshi government and the development of indigenous nuclear expertise.

Goals of the BAEC:

  • Promotion of nuclear science and technology.
  • Fundamental and applied nuclear research in the physical, biological and engineering disciplines;
  • Implementation of nuclear power programme;
  • Transfer of nuclear technology based services to various stakeholders;
  • Application of nuclear technology in agriculture, industry, health and environment;
  • Development of human resources in the area of nuclear science and technology;
  • Establishment of radiation safety culture;
  • Application of nuclear technology in exploration and exploitation of mineral resources.

The BAEC maintains the following Research and testing facilities and divisions:

  1. Atomic Energy Centre, Dhaka
  2. Atomic Energy Research Establishment (AERE), Savar
  3. Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology (INST)
  4. Institute of Food & Radiation Biology (IFRB)
  5. Institute of Electronics (IE)
  6. Institute of Computer Science (ICS)
  7. Reactor Operation and Maintenance Unit (ROMU)
  8. Tissue Banking & Biomaterial Research Unit (TBBRU)
  9. Nuclear Minerals Unit (NMU)
  10. Central Engineering Facilities (CEF)
  11. Energy Institute (EI)
  12. Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control Division (NS&RCD)
  13. Radiation Testing & Monitoring Laboratory (RTML), Chittagong
  14. Beach Sand Minerals Exploitation Centre (BSMEC), Cox’s Bazar
  15. Nuclear Power & Energy Division (NPED)

For more details, please visit: http://www.baec.org.bd/


Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA)
Shahid Shahabuddin Shorok
PO Box-240
Phone: +880-2-9124846
Fax: +880-2-8181015

The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) is a division of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC).

Specifically, BAERA is tasked with the implementation and monitoring of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Act (2012) and the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control (NSRC) Rules-1997.

The aim of these Act and its associated rules is the effective monitoring and regulation of nuclear technology within Bangladesh.

BAERA devises, adopts, makes and enforces such rules, regulations, orders or codes of practice within Bangladesh’s nuclear industries.

BAERA actively promotes the adoption of national radiation protection standards nationwide and is tasked with the development of applicable codes and guidelines for specific areas of nuclear technology including nuclear medicine, industrial radiography and installations using radioactive materials.

It also plans, develops and executes comprehensive policies and programmes for the protection of life, health, property and environment against the risk of ionizing radiation, and regulates the radiation as well as nuclear safety aspects.

For more details, please visit: http://baera.portal.gov.bd/


The Department of Environment ensures sustainable environmental governance to help secure a clean and healthy environment

Through the fair and consistent application of environmental rules and regulations; guiding, training, and promoting awareness of environmental issues; and through sustainable action on critical environmental problems that demonstrate practical solutions and that galvanize public support and involvement.

For more details, please visit: http://www.doe.gov.bd/home/


The Department of Agricultural Extension’s mission is to provide efficient and effective needs based extension services to all categories of farmers, to enable them to optimize their use of resources in order to promote sustainable agricultural and socio-economic development.

For more details, please visit: http://daeext.info/Default.aspx


Ministry of Agriculture (MOA)

Bangladesh Secretariat, Building No: 4 (4th Floor)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Phone: 02- 7163639-43, 7163645-49

The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) is housed on the 4th and 5th floors of the rear building of Bangladesh Secretariat. Sixteen agencies operate under this ministry and are responsible for implementation of different projects and plans of MOA.

The MOA is led by a Minister who is supported by a Secretary, two Additional Secretaries, seven Joint Secretaries, a Joint Chief and a number of Deputy Secretaries/Chiefs, Sr. Assistant Secretaries/Chiefs and Assistant Secretaries/Chiefs (ref. MOA Organogram).

Functions of the MOA

  • Develop agricultural policies, plans, regulations, acts, etc. for sustainable agricultural development and for food sufficiency;
  • Provide support in developing new agricultural technologies to boost up agricultural production and coordinate with local and international trade agencies for marketing;
  • Monitor implementation of agricultural policies, plans, projects, programs and regulations;
  • Monitor distribution of agricultural inputs and subsidies and marketing of the agricultural products in local and international markets;
  • Provide administrative and policy support to MOA agencies for the planning and implementation of the development programs/projects
  • Coordinate with donors and development partners for funding and technical assistance;


For more details, please visit: http://www.moa.gov.bd/


The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution prepares standards for all articles, products, methods and services. The Institution can bring any product under BSTI's Compulsory Certification marking after approval of the Government.

For more details, please visit:  http://www.bsti.gov.bd/



Bangladesh Directorate General of Drug Administration

105-106, Motijheel Commercial Area
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Tel : 8802 9556126, Fax : 8802 9568166

The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) is a division of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.

It performs the function of a Drug Regulatory Authority within Bangladesh and supervises and implements all of Bangladesh’s Drug Regulations.

These include all drug regulations relating to:

  • the import and export of drugs
  • the procurement of raw materials for drug production or drug packing materials,
  • the production and import of finished drugs and
  • the export, sales and pricing of  drugs.

Drugs under the control of the DGDA includes all medicines including those of Ayurvedic, Unani, Herbal and Homoeopathic systems.

The DGDA administers a number of technical committees including the following:

  • the Drug Control Committee (DCC)
  • the Standing Committee for imports of raw materials and finished drugs,
  • the Drug Pricing Committee

The DGDA also advises the Drug and Medicines Licensing Authority and makes recommendations to the authority on matters related to drugs and medicines.

All the officers of the DGDA have the legal position of “Drug Inspector” under Bangladeshi law.

 The DGDA maintains 47 district offices countrywide.



The Office of the Chief Controller of Exports and Imports is currently assisting the Ministry of Commerce in formulation and implementation of the Import Policy Order and suggestions for changes/modifications where necessary. It is also issuing registration certificates to importers, exporters and indentors; issuing export permits, export-cum-import permits, import permits on returnable basis; issuing import permits and clearance permits where goods are imported without opening L/C under the provision of IPO; giving decisions regarding clearance of goods imported in violation of any provision of the Import Policy Order (IPO); and facilitating the settlement of disputes relating to trade & commerce.

For more details, please visit:http://www.ccie.gov.bd/index.php


Chittagong Port Authority 

Bandar Bhaban, P. O. Box 2013
Chittagong-4100, Bangladesh
Telephone: +880-31- 2522200-29 (PABX)
Fax: +880-31- 2510889

CPA Liaison Office:
33, New Iskaton Road, Ismail Lane, Dhaka, Tel: 88-02-9666265


The Port of Chittagong is the principal seaport of Bangladesh and handles about 92% of import-export trade of the country.

The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) is a basic services provider to the shipping industry and focuses on providing necessary services and facilities to the port users efficiently and effectively at a competitive price.

The functions of the Chittagong Port Authority are:

  1. to manage, maintain, improve and develop the port;  
  2. to provide and maintain adequate and efficient port services and facilities in the Port or the approaches to the Port.
  3. to regulate and control berthing and movement of vessels and navigation within the Port;
  4. to do such acts and things as may be necessary or convenient to be done in connection with, or incidental or conductive to, the performance of its functions under this Ordinance.

For more details, please visit: http://portal.cpa.gov.bd/


The Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority protects the interest of policy holders and other stakeholders under insurance policy, supervises and regulates the insurance industry effectively, ensures orderly and systematic growth of the insurance industry and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

For more details, please visit: http://www.idra.org.bd/idra-org/index.htm



The Department of Explosives is the administrative authority for questions relating to commercial explosives, flammables and unfired pressure vessels.

It is an attached Department of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh.

For more details, please visit: http://www.explosives.gov.bd/


The Office of the Chief Inspector of Boilers is responsible for: advising the Ministry regarding import and use of boilers, steam pipes and economizers in the country; advising the owners regarding design, construction, maintenance and working of boilers; examination of all  imported boilers; registration of all installed boilers after inspection and hydraulic test, proceeded by examination of all manufacturing certificates from steel makers, constructors and approval inspecting authority; enquiring into accidents of boilers or steam pipes, and other such activities.

For more details, please visit: http://boiler.gov.bd/eng/


The activities of the Bangladesh Land Port Authority include:

formulating policy for development, management expansion, operation and maintenance of all land ports; engaging operators for receiving, maintaining and dispatching cargoes at land ports; preparing Schedule of tariffs, tolls, rates and fees chargeable to the port users having prior approval of the government; executing contracts with any person to fulfill the objectives of the Act.

For more details, please visit: www.bsbk.gov.bd/index.php


Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC)
Bangladesh Tariff Commission
Ministry of Commerce
1st 12 Storied Govt. Office Building (9th Floor), Segunbagicha, Dhaka-1000.
Phone: 88-02-9340209, 9340243.
Fax: 88-02-9340245
chairman.btc1973@gmail.com , btariff@intechworld.com

The Bangladesh Tariff Commission (BTC) is a statutory organization of the government and exists to protect the interests of local industries facing unfair competition from foreign firms.

Any matter relating to protection of or assistance to, domestic industries or efficient use of resources in any industry may be referred to the Commission by the government or the business community for recommendations and appropriate course of action.

The Commission also advises the government on competition in industrial production; encourages efficient use of resources in the economy and works to obtain greater market access for Bangladeshi products through bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements.

The BTC is also tasked with taking remedial measures against dumping and other unfair trade practices in respect of imports into Bangladesh.

The Commission is obliged to look into any matter referred to by the government.

Bangladesh Tariff Commission provides advice to stakeholders on the following issues:

  • All policy issues directly and indirectly affecting trade including tariff policy, import and export policy, industrial policy.
  • All bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements;
  • Antidumping, countervailing and safeguard measures through investigation
  • Defending Bangladesh’s Interest in various countries.

The reduction or elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs) is recognized as an integral part of the objectives of paragraph 16 of the DDA.

The BTC advises on NTBs that prohibit, restrict, control, and discourage the trade of Bangladesh with other countries.

Under the Bangladesh Tariff Commission Act 1992, the Commission also advises the government on the following:

  • Promoting the interests of domestic industries;
  • Promoting competition in industrial production;
  • Ensuring optimal use of industrial resources;
  • Promoting exports;
  • Taking measures to prevent dumping or unfair practices in the importation and sale of foreign products;
  • Increasing market access of domestic industries through bilateral, regional and multilateral agreements; and
  • Matters referred to the Commission by the Government of Bangladesh.

In addition to the functions mentioned above, the Commission may assist the government in preparing the national budget and other matters referred to it.

As a matter of general policy the Commission proposes lower nominal tariffs on primary raw materials and intermediate products and higher tariff rates for finished products. The Commission abides by the nation's WTO obligations as well as obligations under any other bilateral, regional or multilateral agreement to which it is a signatory in making any recommendations to the government.

The BTC is the designated authority to investigate complaints of dumping, the importation of subsidized products and safeguard measures for sudden import surge. It has the statutory authority to recommend the imposition of antidumping duties in cases of importation of products at dumped prices and countervailing measures in cases of importation of subsidized products. It can also recommend safeguard measures against any sudden surge of imports.

The Commission offers advice and assistance in the event Bangladeshi exports are threatened with or actually affected by the imposition of contingency measures in overseas markets.

For more details, please visit: http://www.btc.gov.bd


Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association
23/1 Hatirjheel Link Rd 2, Dhaka 1215
Phone: 02-8140310
Web: www.bgmea.com.bd

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Exists to protect and promote the interests of the Bangladesh Garment industry.

It performs the following function:

  • Maintains liaison with foreign buyers, business associations and Chambers of Commerce.
  • Organizes trade missions to explore new markets and to facilitate trade in existing markets
  • Organizes seminars for recommendations government policies.
  • Promotes activities and projects to ensure workers’ rights, social and environmental compliance and welfare.
  • Promotes energy efficiency within the industry.
  • Provides arbitration facilities to the garment workers free of cost.

BGMEA recognizes the fundamental rights of the workers, particularly access to healthcare facilities. On this spirit BGMEA runs 12 Health centres for the garment workers and their families, provide pre-medical services and medicines at free of cost.

The BGMEA is run by a 27-member elected Board of Directors with the president being the highest executive authority


Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association

BKMEA Dhaka Office:
Planners Tower (4th Floor)
13/A, Sonargaon Road
Banglamotor, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Phone: 880-2-9670498, 9672257, 8620377, 8622703
Fax: 880-2-9673337

Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) was formed in 1996 to promote the interests of the knitwear industry.

Today it is an association of about 1700 knitwear manufacturers and exporters and together they represent the largest export earning sector of the country.

The BKMEA works closely with related national and International bodies including the following:

  • International Apparel Federation (IAF)
  • Global Alliance for Fair Textile Trade (GAFTT) and
  • American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC).
  • China Yunnan Light & Textile Industry Association
  • Botswana Manufacturers & Exporters.

Currently Bangladesh is the 3rd largest knitwear exporter in the world after China and Turkey. Its goal is to lead the world in this area.

BKMEA is run by a 27-member Board of Directors led by the President. The Board of Directors is elected for a 2-year period.

BKMEA's provides the following services to its members:

  • Product & Market Promotion
  • Social Compliance
  • Research & Development
  • Productivity Improvement
  • Arbitration
  • One stop service point regarding UD/UP
  • Other necessary services at the shortest possible time


Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry

DCCI Building
65-66 Motijheel C/A
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Phone : 880-2-9552562
Fax : 880-2-9560830

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI), was established in 1958 under companies Act 1913.

Its membership consists of industrial conglomerates, manufacturers, importers, exporters and traders mostly of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The main objectives of DCCI are to promote private sector enterprises and businesses with advocacy, awareness and policy inputs to government.

The DCCI provides information and links on the following:


International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh

Suvastu Tower (6th Floor)
69/1, Panthapath, Dhaka 1205, Bangladesh
Tel: +880-2-9676698, 9641286
Fax: +880-2-9641287
E-mail: info@iccbangladesh.org.bd, info@icc-bd.org

The main activities of ICC Bangladesh include advising government on important policy issues related to trade and investment, arranging dialogue on key current issues and arranging workshops/seminars for professional and business people to further improve skills and to adopt modern tools. Since its establishment the national Committee has organized a number important international events, workshops, seminars, dialogues.

The activities of ICCB include:

  • Promotion of foreign trade and investment
  • Trade policy reviews, business dialogues, seminars & workshops on the harmonization of trade law & rules, legal reforms
  • Information and workshops on the updating of local businesses to ICC rules & standards for cross border business transactions.


The National Committee provides a number of services for promotion of international trade and investment. The services include assisting the exporters/importers in settlement of disputes related to L/C, assisting the government in WTO related issues, providing advisory services to the business community, both local and foreign, disseminating information on trade related issues through quarterly News Bulletins and publishing of business directory etc.

In addition, ICC Bangladesh works for elimination of obstacles and distortions to international commerce with a view to promoting global economic development.

The National Committee is the voice of the business community on key national and international issues importance to business and the country. ICC Bangladesh also joins the national trade bodies in taking up policy issues with the government and concerned authorities as well issued joint press statement whenever needed.

ICC makes policy & recommendations in the following areas:



Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Chamber Building
122-124, Motijheel CA
Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Phone: ( 880 ) 2 – 9565208, 9565209, 9565210
Fax: ( 880 ) 2 – 9565211, 9565212
Founded in 1904, the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka (MCCI) is the oldest trade organization of Bangladesh.  Its membership encompasses leading commercial and large industrial organizations of the country, including public sector corporations and local as well as multinational companies. The Chamber provides a wide range of professional services to its members.
These include specialized advice on:
  • Taxation
  • Import-export rules and regulations
  • Tariff and non-tariff measures
  • Investment
  • WTO matters
  • Other national and international economic and commercial concerns.

The Chamber maintains a secretariat and offers secretarial services to the Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF)

The Chamber is represented in many Advisory Councils as well as Committees formed by various ministries of the government of Bangladesh.

The MCCI also maintains effective working relations with the following development partners: the World Bank Group, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Asia Foundation.


Mongla Port Authority

Mongla Port, Mongla, Bagerhat District, Bangladesh
Phone: +880 (4662) 75200
Fax: +880 (4662) 75224

Mongla Port is situated on the East Bank of Pussur River near the confluence of Pussur River and Mongla Nulla at Channel distance of 71 Nautical Miles from the Fairway Buoy situated (Lat. 21026.9` N. long. 890 34.4 E) in the Bay of Bengal.

Port Limit:
To the North : A line drawn due East West from a point in position Lat. 220 38.00’ N.long 89020.00 E. to a point in position lat. 22038.00 N. long 89040.00’ E.

To the South: A line drawn due East West from a point in position Lat.21027.00’N Long 89020.00 E. to a point in position lat. 21027.00 N. long 89040.00’ E.

To the East: A line joining the point in position Lat. 21027.00 N. long 89040.00’ E. with the point in position Lat. 22038.00Ñ N. long 89040.00’ E.

To the West: A line joining the point in position Lat. 22038.00 N. long 89020.00’ E. with the point in position lat. 21027.00 N. long 89020.00’ E.

  • With the construction of the Khanjahan Ali and Lalonshah bridges, good transport connections link Mongla Port to all the hinterland of North Bengal.
  • Dhaka is just 4 and ½ hours away by road, including transit time by a ferry.
  • Ships of up to 225 meter long ship can enter the port for discharging cargo.
  • The Mongla Port Authority claims that landing and shipping charges are lower than Chittagong Port.
  • Mongla Port provides 15 days free storage time for empty containers before storage charges accrue.
  • The port is open for 24 hours.
  • Handling & parking facilities of motor vehicles available.