Hili traders not interested to import Indian onion thru waterways

United News of Bangladesh . Hili | Published: 22:52, Oct 16,2020


The recent condition imposed by India on exporting onion through waterways has irked traders at the Hili land port.

Traders at the port said that they were uninterested to import Indian onions through waterways as they were not familiar with the routes.

 Hili Land Port Import-Export Group president Harun ur Rashid said that India halted the export of onions for more than a month and resumed export on October 9 on several conditions.

 These conditions, including exporting onions through waterways, have proven to be very unpleasant for the traders, he said.

He added that India had put a condition that the onions had to be imported through the Chennai Sea port which had soured the interest of local traders.

On September 14, India halted onion export to Bangladesh without any prior warning, triggering huge instability on the domestic market. 

Currently, Indian onions are almost absent on the local market.

India showed an interest in exporting onions when Bangladesh had already started importing the item from Myanmar, Pakistan and China, the local traders said. 

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