Importers suffer loss as five-day-old consignments of rotten onions come through the Hili land port
Onion import once again comes to a stop at the Hili land port under Hakimpur upazila of Dinajpur after 11 trucks carrying 246 tons of onions entered Bangladesh through the land port Saturday afternoon.
Onion prices somewhat fell after India allowed export of pre-contracted onions to Bangladesh five days after placing an export ban.
However, traders say onion price will shoot up as import will remain halted as long as new directives aren’t issued in this regard.
Meanwhile, importers have also expressed frustration after receiving the five-day-old consignments of rotten onions that came through the Hili land port Saturday.
“After the Indian government suddenly stopped onion export last Monday without prior notice, it issued a notification on Friday saying they would deliver the pre-contracted onions that were already waiting outside the Hili border. Accordingly, 11 trucks entered the country through the land port on Saturday. But most of the onions delivered were already rotting and leaking. Because of this, importers are frustrated even though they managed to bring these onions,” said Haroon Ur Rashid, president of the Hili Land Port Import-Export Group.
He added: "There are still more than 200 onion trucks waiting to enter the country from India. Moreover, the letters of credit (LC) for procuring about 10,000 tons of onion from India opened by local importers are now uncertain. We are worried about what they will decide.”
Lutfar Rahman and Siddique Hossain, locals who came to the Hili land port to buy onions, told Dhaka Tribune that the onion price cooled down somewhat after onion trucks entered Saturday.
However, the price is starting to shoot up as no more trucks are entering anymore, they added.