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Rice from Vietnam: First shipment docks at Ctg Port
A shipment of 20,000 tonnes of rice from Vietnam reached Chittagong port on Thursday morning – the first consignment of a total 250,000 tonnes the government will be buying to augment supplies.
A ship flying the flag of Vietnam arrived around 10am here, said Chittagong Port Authority.
Rice-lightering will start as soon as tax formalities are completed, said Director of Movement, Storage and Silo Division of Food Department.
Once the consignment is unloaded, the imported rice will be directly sent to different Local Supply Depots (LSDs) under Chittagong, Sylhet and Dhaka within the quickest possible time, he added.
Once it reaches market, the price of rice is expected to come down.
According to Food Department, 200,000 tonnes of rice will be imported from Vietnam at $430 per tonne.
Besides 50,000 tonnes of boiled rice will also be imported at a cost of $470 per tonne.