The old winter clothes business is growing in Khatunganj



Chittagong reporter:
At the end of the autumn the winter is about to start. But in the last two years there was no winter in the country. In some areas of the rural areas, there is some cold feeling along the fog, but the people still do not use the coat and cotton in the middle.
But do not let the winter come or come, the clothes traders are already preparing for the winter clothes business. Winter clothing comes in the market. In the message of winter, the country’s largest wholesale market, Khatunganj, has sold the old winter clothes guide. On Wednesday, the old clothes shops were visited on the Amin Market in Khatunganj on Wednesday, guide importers spending days in extreme anxiety. Selling is in full swing. Retailers are coming to buy guides even though they are not seen all year round.
Like many other products of the country, Chatta-Khatunganj of Chittagong is also the center of old clothes supply throughout the country. The old cloth guides coming from different countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, are stocked here. From here, from North Bengal, these clothes are supplied to the retail and wholesale vendors across the country. The merchants imported these clothes as a guide or belle by ship. The weight of one guide is 80-100 kg. Talking to the importers, each guide is sold in the wholesale market for 4 to 6 thousand rupees. There are 200-250 pieces of winter dresses in every guide and type of weight and cloth.
According to the government’s import policy, import of old clothes worth Tk 25 crore per year can be imported by SM Jalil the daily Muslim times, director of Khatunganj’s old clothes importer association and Bismillah store owner. An importer can import a maximum Tk 50 thousand guide. For this reason a group leader was selected by a group of 50-100 people. He also participated directly in the import process of the team. After import, these guides are sold to various wholesale and retail vendors. Compared to other parts of the country, these fabrics are sold in different districts of Rangpur, Saidpur, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Bogra and Rajshahi regions of north Bengal. So before the winter comes the vendors of these districts have gathered to buy guide. Besides, many mobile seasonal traders from Chittagong are also collecting old clothes.
Nurul Hossain, a businessman who came to buy old clothes guide in Khatunganj, said to Purbkon that the business is doing well in the winter. Other times of the year, I sell shirts and pants in the van. It does not have to invest more capital in this business. It is possible to trade in a small amount of money.
Most of the country’s population is under-the-middle class and these clothes are easily sold. In particular, in December-January, the smoke of the winter clothes was bought by the hawkers in the streets. So many other people like Nurul Hossain have come to buy these guides. They have been doing business in the winter during the winter, although they have different activities in the year.
Meanwhile, in the past two years, due to lack of adequate winter, elections, etc., the fear of losses are guiding businessmen. Abul Kalam, president of Bangladesh’s Old Cloth Merchandiser Welfare Association, said that these products depend on the sale of winter products. It also has the effect of political situation. In case of any strike or hartal, we fall in the transportation crisis. Besides, hawk evacuation operations started in many places in the winter. This affects our business.
It is to be noted that since independence, import of old cloth from different developed countries started in the country. Once there are no rules, the government has made some rules for importing these clothes from the 90’s. To import clothes, traders have to have a one-year license. District-based guide quota is given to licensed importers, which is based on the district population. According to the quotas, the merchants can import different guidelines.


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