No onion-loaded trucks enter Bangladesh as Indian customs deny permission
The India customs authorities did not allow any of the onion-loaded stranded trucks to enter Bangladesh through Hili landport in Dinajpur district on Wednesday.
More than 150 onion-loaded trucks have remained stranded at the Indian side of the border at Hilli over the last three days.
Harun-ur-Rashid, president of the Importers and Exporters Group at Hili Land Port, expressed regret saying that onion on the trucks had already started rotting due to remaining stuck on the Indian side of the land port since Monday.
On the other hand, though the Indian government remains adament that it will not export onion to Bangladesh, they said that they would allow the consignments of onion to enter Bangladesh, for which the tender was opened on Sunday last. However, the Indian customs didn't release any single truck throughout the day on Wednesday. Importers at Hill Land Port have become skeptical about the Indian authorities intention to allow the onion-loaded trucks to enter Bangladesh. The importers were eagerly waiting from Wednesday morning with the hope that the Indian customs would release the stranded onion-loaded trucks.
Quoting the Indian exporters, importers at the Hili Land Port said the Indian authorities did not send any letter to their customs authorities to release the trucks. As a result, the Indian customs couldn't release any of the trucks.
Meanwhile, prices of onion have started falling at the local market after traders learnt that onion from India are entering Bangladesh. The onion which was sold at Tk 67-Tk 70 per kg on Tuesday was sold at Tk 60 to Tk 65 a kg on Wednesday.
Harun-ur-Rashid, president of the Importers and Exporters Group at Hili Land Port, said letters of credit for importing 10,000 metric tonnes of onion from India have been opened. On Monday, the Indian government suddenly banned export of onion. As a result, onion importers at Hili Land Port have become the victims of huge financial losses.
He said the Indian government also banned export of onion to Bangladesh suddenly last year.