About Us

Syed Iqbal Ali
Senior Vice Chairman

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 level including 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 400 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 of the country increasing national revenue. BSAA also plays vital role in Port users forum giving valuable guideline 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.

NameDesignationName of the Firm
Mr. Syed Kaiser Ally    Chairman    Birds Bangladesh Agencies Limited.
Mr. A.FM A Asad    Vice-Chairman    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 DesignationName of the Firm
Mr Akhlaqur Rahman    Chairman    James Finlay & Co. Ltd.
Mr. Munir Sadique    Vice-Chairman    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

Mr. M Idrish Meah was given the responsibility to be the first Secretary of this Association at Chittagong.
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 2019 it 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.


Our Offices


Makkah Madinah Trade Centre (2nd Floor),
78, Agrabad C/A, Chattogram-4100, Bangladesh
Tel: +88-02333323393, 02333315509
E-mail: bsaa@bbts.net



Bangladesh Shipping Agents’ Association
Ansari Complex (2nd Floor)
160, Sher-e-Bangla Road, Khulna, Bangladesh
Phone : 041-720886, 2833541
Fax : 041-2833541
E-mail : bsaa.khulna@gmail.com



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