Bangladesh, Sept. 22 -- A fresh tariff hike by private container depots in Chattogram has irked the users of the facility.

The shipping companies, freight forwarders and consignees are the key users of services provided by 18 privately-owned container depots, known as off-docks.

The Bangladesh Inland Container Depot Association (BICDA), a group of the depot operators, has increased its charges by 12 per cent across the board. They provide around 20 services, including stuffing or un-stuffing of goods.

The stakeholders argued this will raise the cost of doing business in the country.

They also said that the spike came up at a time when the shipping business had slumped not only in the country but also across the globe.

Given the urgency...