The ship carrying the second consignment of rice imported from Vietnam arrived in Chittagong Port on Monday morning.
MV Fax, carrying 27,000 tonnes of rice, anchored at the outer anchorage of the port at around 10:00am, Md Zahirul Islam, controller of movement and storage of Chittagong’s food department said.
“The rice will be unloaded after a lab test to verify whether it was sent as per our requirement,” Zahirul added.
So far 47,000 of the 250,000 tonnes of rice the Bangladesh government bought from Vietnam arrived.
Food Directorate officials expect the third shipment on Jul 22.
The government on June 14 decided to import 250,000 tonnes of rice at Tk 908.85 crore from Vietnam under a government-to-government agreement.
Bangladesh will buy 50,000 tonnes of parboiled rice for around Tk 1.95 billion, or $470 a tonne and 200,000 tonnes of white rice for about Tk 7.14 billion at $430 a tonne, according to the agreement.
Vietnam’s state-run Vinafood 2 will supply 60 percent of shipments through Chittagong port and the rest through the Mongla port.