The second shipment of rice from Vietnam reached Chittagong Port’s outer anchorage on Monday morning.
The consignment contained a total of 27,000 tonnes of rice, officials said.
Food Directorate’s Controller of Movement and Storage (Chittagong) Md Jahirul Islam said a ship named MV Pax carried the rice and arrived at the port’s outer anchorage at around 11:00 am.
He said they will start unloading the rice from the vessel after completion of required customs formalities.
‘We collected samples for laboratory test. If we are satisfied about the quality of the rice, the customs formalities would start,’ said Jahirul.
This was the second shipment of rice imported from Vietnam. The first shipment of 20,000 tonnes of rice had reached at the port on July 13.
‘We are now unloading the first consignment which came in another ship,’ said Jahirul.
The third shipment of 21,300 tonnes will reach the port on July 21, he said.
According to sources, the government on June 14 decided to import 250,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam under a government-to-government agreement.
As per the decision, the ministry will import 50,000 tonnes of boiled rice and 200,000 tonnes of white rice.
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