2000 tonnes of Indian rice unloaded
Saturday, 29 March 2008

About 2,000 tonnes of rice imported from India were unloaded at Benapole and Hilli land ports, reports UNB.

The port authorities kept open operation on holidays for quick delivery and transport of rice to different parts of the country.

The consignments unloaded during the last three days following relaxation of rice export by the Indian government were all purchased at 505 dollars per ton.

India on March 5 jacked up the export price to 650 dollars per ton. The importers showed reluctance to import at the high price of 650 dollars for its landing cost will come to more than Tk 46kg. No fresh L/C was opened since the price was increased, said an importer.

Benapole customs cargo officer A Quddus told UNB that they have issued gate-pass to 206 Indian trucks that carried 2,347 metric tons of rice.

This created congestion at the port. Port officials checked and verified each and every consignment following reports that many of those stranded nearly a month on the Indian side were rotten.

Indian Deputy Customs Commissioner at Petrapole told UNB that they were not giving permission to any consignment of rotten rice.

Indian rice exporter Nirmol Shikari said they have sustained a heavy loss as some of stranded consignments rotten.

“We are trying to export those rice to Bangladesh as poultry feed to minimize our loss,” he said adding, “Many of our trucks did not get permission as the date of shipment expired.”

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