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Export of another 2520 tonnes of Hilsa fish to India permitted

24 September 2021

Staff Reporter  :
The government of Bangladesh has given special permission to export another 2520 tonnes of Hilsa fish to India on the occasion of the Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community.
The Ministry of Commerce issued a circular in this regard on Thursday, allowing 63 traders to export a maximum of 40 tonnes of Hilsa each to India. The permission will remain effective till October 3.
The traders will have to comply with the export guidelines of the country and pass through a rigorous testing process for exporting Hilsa to India.
Earlier on Monday, the government of Bangladesh gave permission to 52 traders to export 2080 tonnes Hilsa fish to the next door neighbour.  
The Ministry of Commerce in a circular allowed each organisation to export a maximum of 40 tonnes of Hilsa to India.
The Government of Bangladesh has been giving special permission for export of Hilsa to India for the last few years as a token of friendship, though the export of Hilsa was banned in the country in 2012.
Last year, Bangladesh exported more than 1450 MT of Hilsa to India while the quantity of export was 500 MT in 2019.
Hilsa fish is considered a great delicacy. The demand of the fish during Durga Puja is extremely high in states like West Bengal as the quality of 'Padmar Ilish' or Hilsa fish from Padma River in Bangladesh is considered of superior quality. Bangladesh produces almost 75 per cent of the world's Hilsa output.

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