The prohibition on air cargo originating from, or transiting through, Syria, Egypt, Bangladesh, Yemen and Somalia that came into force on the 19th December 2015 continues this month.
An article issued in Asian Shipper News has recently highlighted the fear from Bangladeshi supplier’s on their relationships with Australian buyers – especially those from the garment industry.
This air cargo ban has hit exporters hard, leaving the longer sea freight method the only option for moving cargo to Australia.
Last fiscal year, Bangladesh exported products worth a whopping US$606.88 million to Australia, with apparel items accounting for 88 per cent of the total, according to the Export Promotion Bureau.
We would like to note that the prohibitions are a preventive security measure, based on the Government’s understanding of the threat and risk environment in these countries. There is no information to suggest that there is any specific threat for flights to or from Australia.
For more information regarding this ban, head to the Department of Infrastructures website.
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