As many as 165 onion-laden trucks were waiting in Ghojadanga area in India to gain entry into Bangladesh through the Bhomra land port in Satkhira on Friday.
After the Indian government imposed a sudden ban on onion export on September 14, these trucks laden with onions worth Tk 10 lakh have been left stranded at the border for four days.
These trucks contain onions imported before the ban was imposed and importers fear incurring huge losses at the risk of this huge amount of onions rotting at the border.
The importers have no idea when these trucks would be allowed entry into the country.
Bhomra Land Port C&F Agents Association general secretary Mostafizur Rahman Nasim said, ‘About 165 trucks loaded with onions are stuck in Ghojadanga, India. But these 165 trucks of onions were shipped from India to traders of Bhomra port before the ban was imposed.’
‘The documents of these onion trucks have already been cleared. I have come to know that they allow entry to trucks carrying onions imported with LCs before the ban. However, they have not been released yet,’ he said.
On the other hand, the Satkhira district administration is conducting drives to prevent onion traders in Bangladesh from increasing the price of onions on the market through an artificial crisis.
The local variety of onions was sold at Tk 75 a kilogram and imported Indian onions at Tk 60 a kg in the district on Friday.
Immediately after the imposition of ban on onion export by the Indian government, the prices of the kitchen commodity increased up to Tk 120 a kg on September 16, after the prices of the commodity almost doubled on September 17.
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