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Welcome to Bangladesh Shipping Agents’ Association


The main objective of this Association is to resolve problems faced by its members and to make a positive contribution to the long-term progress of the Ports and Shipping industry in Bangladesh. BSAA enjoys a high reputation at all official levels including the Ministry of Shipping, National Board of Revenue, Chittagong Customs House, Chittagong Port Authority, Mongla Port Authority, Payra Port Authority, Dhaka ICD, FBCCI, CCCI, BGMEA, etc.


Bangladesh Shipping Agents’ Association was formed in May, 1978 and is the sole licensed Trade Association for Shipping Agents comprising over 500 reputed members handling vessels calling Bangladesh Ports. BSAA is registered with the Ministry of Commerce under the Trade Organizations Ordinance, 1961.


Its members are represented on several high-profile committees formed by the authorities responsible to assist different departments to facilitate trade in the country increasing national revenue. BSAA also plays a vital role in the Port users forum giving valuable guidelines to promote shipping trade in the country.


Short History of BSAA

To know the history of BSAA, we have to look decades back when a number of young and energetic Shipping Executives of Bangladesh, foreseeing the importance of an Association for the Shipping Community had formed a body and named it Bangladesh Steamer Agents’ Association.


It was the 29th day of May 1978 the BSAA came into effect. The Ministry of Commerce Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh granted the License No. 02 of 1978 dated May 6, 1978. As it is stated, in pursuance of section 3 of the trade organization ordnance, 1961 (Ordnance No. XLV of 1961) the Government is pleased to grant this license to this said Association and to direct that it be registered with Registrar of Joint Stock Companies, 40, Purana Paltan, Dacca (Presently Dhaka) under the Companies Act 1913, (Act VII of 1913) as a company with limited liability without the word “Limited” in its name.


And the Branch Office BSAA Khulna, on 25th October 1978. With the aims and objectives as laid down in the Memorandum & Articles of Association of Bangladesh Shipping Agents’ Association previously known as Bangladesh Steamer Agents’ Association.


The Bangladesh Shipping Agents’ Association or in short BSAA is the Association of the Shipping Agents in Bangladesh. Having its main body in Chittagong, the Bangladesh Shipping Agents’ Association Khulna or BSAA Khulna is the branch organization in the same light and shadow of its parent body in Chittagong.

The main objective of this Association is to promote and protect the interest of the members in conformity with the policy of the Government.

As a part of the service to render towards the member firm the BSAA and it’s office bearers try their utmost to keep close liaison with the Port and the Customs Authority with the Shipping Office and the Government offices. And in particular, they attend to all meetings and discussion held for the protection of the member’s interest.


We should not forget the pioneers following are the members of the first Ad-hoc Executive Committee formed in the year 1978.



Name of the Firm

Mr. Syed Kaiser Ally  


Birds Bangladesh Agencies Limited.

Mr. A.FM A Asad  


United Liner Agencies of Bangladesh Ltd.

Mr. M Golam Pir  

EC Member  

Shaw Wallace Bangladesh Ltd.

Mr. Ansarul Haque  

EC Member  

James Finlay & Co. Limited

Mr. A.B.M. Wadudullah  

EC Member  

M.M Ispahani Limited

Capt. S. A. Khan  

EC Member  

Bangladesh Shipping Corporation

Mr. Md. Abdul Awal  

EC Member  

Bangladesh Shipping Lines Ltd.

Mr. A. K. Chowdhury  

EC Member  

Shamudrajatra Shipping Lines


The first Executive Committee of BSAA Khulna comprised of following members:



Name of the Firm

Mr Akhlaqur Rahman  


James Finlay & Co. Ltd.

Mr. Munir Sadique  


Shaw Wallace Bangladesh Ltd.

Mr.Mohamadul Haque  

EC Member  

Bangladesh Shipping Corporation

Mr. S. Mallick  

EC Member  

Bengal Shipping Lines Ltd.

Mr. A. Sobhan  

EC Member  

M.M. Ispahani Ltd.

Mr. Nurul Alam

EC Member   

Birds Bangladesh Agencies Ltd.

Mr. M. Rafiqul Islam  

EC Member  

Bangladesh Shipping Agencies

v Mr. M Idrish Meah was given the responsibility to be the first Secretary of this Association at Chittagong.

v Mr. S. A. A. N Alam was given the responsibility to be the first Secretary of this Association at Khulna.

From the small office and organization of Bangladesh Steamer Agents’ Association in 1978-79, today in 2022 BSAA has a much larger forum and reached a position of more commitment and diversified its scope to more avenues with the change in the pattern of shipping trade. The break bulk shipping trade is limiting its scope and on the contrary the containerization is taking its place in flamboyant speed. With the introduction of the concept of freight forwarding the shipping business has become more dynamic and broader in terms of ocean carriage.




To be an effective and efficient maritime administration transforming Bangladesh into a globally competitive maritime nation.


To achieve sustainable, safe, and secure shipping, cleaner oceans, and enhanced maritime capability through effective regulation, coordination, and oversight of maritime affairs.


Contact Us


Bangladesh Shipping Agents’ Association.

Makkah Madinah Trade Centre (2nd Floor),

78, Agrabad C/A, Chattogram-4100, Bangladesh.

Phone: +88-02333323393, 02333315509

E-mail: bsaa@bbts.net


Bangladesh Shipping Agents’ Association

Ansari Complex (2nd Floor), 160,

Sher-e-Bangla Road, Khulna, Bangladesh.

Phone: +88-041-720886, 041-2833541

Fax: 041-2833541

E-mail: bsaa.khulna@gmail.com


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