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April 19, 2015
Chairman's Visit at Custom House Chittagong

Chairman's Visit at Custom House Chittagong Dated: April 19, 2015 ...

August 10, 2010
Inaugural of Custom House (Import) Website.

Inaugural of Custom House (Import), Chittagong official website by honourable chairmen, National Board of Revenue and Secretary, Internal Resources Division Dated: 10 August, 2010...

19 Jun 2010
New web site of Customs House Chittagong as being develop

The New web site of Customs House Chittagong as being develop. Very soon it will be remain finally...

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Historical Background

The Custom house, Chittagong is the largest custom station in Bangladesh, located by the estuary of the Karnaphuli River in Patenga, near the city of Chittagong. It is a tidal seaport dominated by trade in containerised products. It is one of the two main sea ports of Bangladesh - most of the export and import of the country are handled via this port. The history of Chittagong port dates back to the fourth century B.C. Malayan history chronicles the journey of the sailor Buddha Gupta from Chittagong to Malaya in the 4th century B.C. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea documents the existence of Chittagong port in the ancient times.


The 16th century saw the arrival of the Portuguese. Joaoda Silveria was the first Portuguese Captain to reach the port. It remained a port during Moghul time. Later in early 19th century, the British took control of the Chittagong port. The port of Chittagong became a natural outlet for the Northeastern regions of the then British-India that led to the enactment of Port Commissioner's Act of 1887. At that time the facilities of the port consisted of five wooden and one pontoon jetties. The existing three storied custom house building was constructed during the 1960s with mid-age European architectural design. The total area of the custom house premises is 12 acre. At present almost 600 officials and staffs are using this building and a lot of people from various trade communities also visit the Custom House, Chittagong for their routine day to day work.


For the improvement of Import/ export clearance process and also for transparency and better monitoring & control, Custom house, Chittagong has developed capability by starting automation system with ASyCuDa in 1995 with the technical support from UNCTAD and continued to upgrade it from time to time. It adopted ASyCuDa++ in 2002. At present 76% of the Bill of entry is cleared within a day by virtue of that automation. Custom house, chittagong however is in the process of implementing a single window Integrated Custom Information System (ICIS) by adopting ASyCuDa World. The major exports of the custom house, Chittagong are garments, jute and jute products, hides and skins, tea, naphtha, molasses, frozen fish, shrimps and fertiliser. The main imports are food grain, cement, petroleum, sugar, salt, fertilizer, general cargo, iron materials and chemicals.