Teknaf, Bangladesh: Over 2,000 metric tonnes of rice have been imported to Bangladesh from Burma on February 22 and 23 through the Teknaf port as part of border trade, said Hashem in the port area. 

Over the two days, two small ships exported 2,016 MT of rice to Bangladesh trough Teknaf land port, of which 350 Metric tones (MT) was imported through Amanat Corporation, 220 MT of rice was through Mahi brothers, 198 MT of rice was through Rahaman traders, 150 MT of rice was through Shona Goan, 98 MT of rice was through SM Traders, 500 MT of rice was through Osiur Rahaman and another 500 MT of rice was through S K International. 

Importer Hashem in Teknaf signed an agreement with Burmese authorities to import 3,000 metric tones of rice from Akyab (Sittwe), the capital of Arakan State recently. According to the agreement in the first phase 10 000 rice bags (50 kg a bag) reached Teknaf land port within two days.

This rice was exported to Teknaf by two small ships from Akyab seven times, as Burma is not allowing export of more than US $ 5,000 worth of rice. So exporters are using small vessels to export the rice. Bangladesh traders or merchants have to open L/Cs (Letter of Credits) through Shonali bank to import rice from Burma . Bangladesh permits imports of rice worth US$ 15, 000 at a time.

As part of border trade, earlier, some small importers imported rice through Teknaf land port, but after India 's restriction on rice export to Bangladesh , some big rice importers of Chittagong are trying to import rice from Burma through Teknaf land port, according to Al Hajj Hashem the CNF Association Chairman said. He also asked the concerned authorities to allow them to import rice worth US$ 30,000 at a time.