Resume hilsa export, Kolkata fish importers urge Bangladesh government

The West Bengal Fish Importers Association has urged the government of Bangladesh to resume exporting hilsa to India after the fishing ban is lifted.

As the first consignments of hilsa reached West Bengal markets in recent days, Association Secretary Syed Anwar Maqsood met with the Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi on Thursday to convey to authorities in Dhaka in order to facilitate the export of the entire shipment of 4,500 tonnes of fish, reports our correspondent in New Delhi.

Bangladeshi and Indian importers believe it would be very difficult to complete cross-border trade in hilsa within the next nine to ten days, Maqsood said.

The realistic assessment is that only 600 tonnes of hilsa could be imported in the next ten days, which means that the remaining export target of around 4,000 tonnes would not have been met, he added. .

It takes time to get the import sanitary permit to bring the hilsa across the border, as the permits are issued against the names of the exporting entities, the association’s secretary said.

The first shipment of hilsa reached markets in Kolkata last Thursday.

Unlike last year, when the average weight of imported fish was higher, the average weight of Bangladesh hilsa varies this time from 800 g to 1.5 kg with a price between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,600.

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