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CIID: Over 167,000 tons onion imported in 3 months

  • Published at 08:56 pm November 26th, 2019
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The department already collected necessary information about 332 onion importers to identify those responsible for creating a volatile situation in the onion market

The country has imported over 1,67,806 tons of onions since August this year at a cost of Tk660 crore.

“A total of 1 lakh 67 thousand 806.47 tons of onions were imported through different land ports from August to November 18,” Dr Shahidul Islam, director general (DG) of the Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (CIID) told reporters at his Kakrail office in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Some 341 importers imported the huge bulk onions through different land ports including Banglabandha, Benapole, Bhomra, Hili, Sona Masjid, Teknaf, Chittagong and Dhaka Customs House during this time, said the official. He said Tk660 crore was spent to import this essential cooking ingredient.

Of the total import, 51,649 tons came through Sona Masjid land port, 46,370 tons from Bhomra, 34,861 tons from Teknaf, 24,308 tons from Hili, 6,693 tons from Chittagong, 171 tons came through Bangla Bandha and the rest 27 tons through the Dhaka Customs House.

Meanwhile, the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department summoned 37 onion importers to carry out investigation into the cause of the unusual onion price hike.

An intelligence investigation team led by a CIID additional director general began the investigation.

The department already collected necessary information about 332 onion importers to identify those responsible for creating a volatile situation in the onion market.

On November 25, the CIID quizzed 10 onion importers.

Since India’s export ban decision on September 29, onion prices have been on the rise in the local kitchen market. Local onions still are being sold for as high as Tk250 a kg in the city’s kitchen markets, while onions imported from Myanmar for Tk230-240, breaking all the previous records.