Weekly scheduled B777F operated by Qatar Airways Cargo transport garments from Dhaka to New York.
Fashion logistics specialist Expo Freight Logistics (EFL) has signed an agreement with Qatar Airways Cargo for the operation of weekly scheduled charter freighter services between Bangladesh and the US, “taking their partnership to the next level”.
The Doha-based carrier, through its QR Charter services, this week began operating a dedicated Boeing 777 freighter service for EFL once every week from Dhaka to New York, transporting more than 100 tonnes of garments per flight. The freighter service commenced on 13 May and will continue for a period of one year.
Hanif Yusoof, EFL founder and chairman, said: “We are pleased to announce this new service from Dhaka for our USA customers. Bangladesh has been a very attractive sourcing market for retailers and the development of better and faster supply chain solutions will further strengthen its reputation in the region. We look forward to developing more customised solutions for our key customers.”
The majority of apparel exports out of Dhaka on the freighters consist of sportswear, lingerie, loungewear, bridal wear, workwear, swimwear and children’s wear, the companies said, which would be transported to New York to major retailers in the United States.
Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest exporter of readymade garments, which form the country’s largest source for export earnings.
Qatar Airways Cargo operates seven weekly freighters from Dhaka that connect to its network of more than 150 destinations via Doha. It also offers belly-hold space on three-times daily wide-body passenger flights, offering a combined capacity of over 900 tonnes out of Bangladesh each week for local exports.
Founded in 1982, EFL is part of Expolanka PLC based in Sri Lanka, and now part of the larger SG Holdings Group, a leading logistics group in Japan. SG Holdings includes 24 locally incorporated subsidiaries in 14 countries outside Japan including China, Vietnam and Singapore.