Imports continue amid growing concerns over edible oils across the country. Two ships have brought 29,000 tons of crude soybean oil to Chittagong port. Besides, another ship with 43,000 tons of soybean oil is expected to arrive at Chittagong port next Saturday.
Chittagong Port Secretary Omar Farooq has confirmed this information on Wednesday (March 16) morning.
According to the port officials, on March 11, a mother tanker named ‘MT Lucas’ brought 12,000 tons of unrefined soybeans. Of these, TK Group’s Shabnam Vegetable Oil brought 4,000 tons and Super Oil Refinery brought 8,000 tons. In addition, 17,000 tons of crude soybean oil arrived at ‘MT Pacific Ruby’ on March 12. This includes 7,000 tons of Meghna Edible Oil Refinery and 10,000 tons of City Edible Oil. Besides, another ship carrying 43,000 tons of soybean oil is expected to arrive at Chittagong port next Saturday.
Meanwhile, the concerned people said that the importers market the crude soybean oil from the ship to the refinery after payment. It may take 15 days to 1 month for the imported oil to be released after refining and refining.
According to Chittagong port and importer sources, the oil will be unloaded from the ship and will be kept at the Patenga tank terminal first. After paying the tax from there, the concerned organization will refine it in their factory. After completing all the processes, oil will be released in the market.
Chittagong Port Secretary Omar Farooq said that at present regular oil tankers are coming to the country. The last two ships carrying oil arrived at the outer port of Chittagong on March 11 and 12. These ships have 29,000 tons of soybean oil. The process of unloading oil from those two ships has started.