Buyers usually involve agents in the export process, to take care of quality control and legalities. Depending on the location and preference, products can be shipped in containers from different ports.


Most buyers in Bangladesh work through buying and freight forwarding agents. These are agents who negotiate prices with exporters, execute quality control at the factories and at places where the containers are packed. Moreover they take largely care of custom procedures. Agents mostly work at a commission basis. Although some exporters try to set up their own local offices, this is often costly and time consuming. If you would like to know more about how to set up your own representative or branch office, read here.


Factories in Khulna ship their products from Mongla while factories in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar ship from Chittagong port. The main difference, which can have a consequence for your business decision, is that in Khulna the containers must be packed at the port in Mongla, while in Chittagong the container can be packed at the factory. In Mongla port workers will pack your container and you have only limited options to control the process once the shrimp left the factory. This sometimes results in issues related to the way your cartons are packed.