200 tonnes Hilsa exported to India thru Benapole port


As many as 200 tonnesof Hilsa has been exported to India through Jashore’sBenapoleland port on the occasion of Durga Puja in three days till Thursday.

Of these, 90 tonnes of Hilsa were exported on Thursday, 70 tonnes on Wednesday and 40 tonneson Tuesday through Benapole port.

Ripa Enterprise in Dhaka and Jahanabad Sea Fish Limited in Khulna were the exporters of the consignment of Hilsa. The export price of per kg Hilsa has been fixed at 10 dollars which is equal to about 800 Bangladeshi taka. Each of these Hilsa weighs about 1 kg o 1.2 kg.

Mahbubur Rahman, Assistant Director of Fisheries Department and Fisheries Quarantine officer in Benapole, said the Commerce Ministry allowed nine exporters to export a total of 1,465 tonnes of Hilsa to India. Hilsa worth a total of 1.2 lakh US dollars will be exported to India this season.

Shamim Hossain, Assistant Revenue Officer of Benapole Customs, said these Hilsa were being exported to India at a duty-free rate of 10 per kg.

Since 2012, Bangladesh Government has stopped exporting Hilsa to India due to declining production. After 8 long years, 1,465 tons of Hilsa is being exported to India on the occasion of Durga Puja.

As per the terms of the Commerce Ministry, the remaining Hilsa will be exported by October 10. After unloading the Padma Hilsa through Petrapole port, it will go to different districts including Sealdah, Howrah, Patipukur Bazar in Kolkata.