Bangladesh is taking steps to upgrade security screening procedures and equipment at Dhaka International Airport after the British government last month imposed a ban on air cargo from the country.

A two-year contract awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) to UK firm Redline Aviation Security will deliver aviation security services, including training, to security officials and screeners at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.

Redline will deploy nearly 40 of its team across a variety of aviation security functions, including manning screening points at passenger terminals and the cargo complex.

A high-profile steering committee has also been formed to oversee the Bangladesh government's measures and ensure robust security at the airport.

The move comes after the UK government last month banned cargo on direct flights from Dhaka to the UK until further notice. It blamed poor security procedures at the Dhaka airport and said some international security requirements were not being met.

Airlines carrying cargo between Bangladesh and the UK on indirect routes are also being asked to ensure it is re-screened before its final leg into the UK.

The ban has been criticised by manufacturers and exporters in Bangladesh, who say it will hurt ready-made garment exports as the UK is the second biggest garment export destination in the EU after Germany. 

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