Australia to lift ban on BD air cargo transport

The Australian government is considering the existing policy to withdraw air cargo transport ban on Bangladesh. 

The Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Jeremy Bruer said this while paying a courtesy call on the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) Chairman Air vice Marshal Md Mofidur Rahman at CAAB Headquarters in the capital on Tuesday. Two more diplomats from the High Commission were also present during the meeting. 

The high commissioner informed the chairman that, “A decision has been taken to amend the existing policy of the Australian government to completely lift the ban on direct air cargo transport from Bangladesh to Australia by the Australian government”.

In 2016, the Australian government imposed a partial ban on direct air cargo transport from Egypt, Somalia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen and Bangladesh. CAAB has been maintaining effective liaison with the Australian Government since 2016 under the overall supervision of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to lift the ban. 

In this context, in March 2019, the Australian delegation inspected the security activities of cargo export through Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. The Australian government has decided to lift the ban on direct cargo transport from Bangladesh on the basis of close liaison and satisfactory inspections by the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra and the Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority.