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Onion import from India through Benapole port resumes after 40 days

OUR CORRESPONDENT | June 11, 2021 00:00:00

BENAPOLE, June 10: Onion import from India resumed after 40 days through Benapole land port on Wednesday.

Dhaka-based importer Jubayer International imported 30 tonnes of onions and Jashore-based Deen Islam Traders imported 45.6 tonnes of Indian onion through Benapole Port.

The import price of onion per tonne is 123 US dollar.

The onion consignments were unloaded from the port on Thursday morning.

Earlier, on April 30, the Indian government suspended onion exports. As a result, the importers of Bangladesh were severely affected.

Although the LCs worth millions of taka were opened, the exporters could not export the onion due to the ban.

Swapan Kumar, revenue officer, Benapole Customs Cargo Branch, said a total of 75.6 tonnes of onion were imported from India. Traders have to pay 5 per cent duty on the import price to get the goods delivered.

Imported Indian onions are being sold in the wholesale market at Tk 36 and in the retail market at Tk 40.

Benapole Port Director (Traffic) Abdul Jalil said onion import from India has started after 40 days through Benapole port. A total of 75.6 tonnes of onion were unloaded from the port on Thursday. All concerned have been instructed to deliver the imported onion quickly.

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