Trucks carrying 112 tonnes of rice from India entered into Bangladesh through the Hili land port on Saturday afternoon.
Consumers said that they hoped the rice import would help to bring down prices on the local market.
Rice import from India through Hili had remained suspended since May 30, 2019.
A number of traders said that the government had recently decided to import rice from India following the soaring price of the commodity on the local market.
On January 3 and 5, the government approved 29 importers for importing rice from the neighbouring country. Two importers from Hili port got approval to bring 20,000 tonnes of rice.
The first consignment of rice imported by Naogaon-based M/s Jagodish Chandra Roy entered the country on Saturday afternoon.
Sripodo Roy, a representative of the trader, said that they had opened LCs for bringing 10,000 tonnes of rice from India and 112 tonnes of rice came in the first phase.
Harun-ur-Rashid, president of export-import group of Hili land port, said, ‘Per tonne of rice costs $356, which means per kilogram costs Tk 29-30. But after adding the revenue, the price of each kg of rice goes up to Tk 34.’
Sohrab Hossain Mallik, public relations officer of Panama Hili Port Link Limited, said that three trucks loaded with imported rice entered the warehouse of the port on Saturday afternoon.
The government is going to purchase 5,00,000-6,00,000 tonnes of rice, agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque said on December 27.
Already the import duty has been slashed to 25 per cent from 62.5 per cent in an effort to keep the rice market stable, food minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said.
The legal private importers had been asked to apply to the food ministry with all necessary documents by Sunday.
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