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Cucumber and eggplant price doubled in three days

Publish: 11:34 AM, 04 Apr, 2022


The prices of essential commodities have skyrocketed over the last two months. Due to various measures taken by the government, the prices of essential commodities have come down a bit before Ramadan but started rising again at the beginning of this holy month. Prices of consumer goods are rising. Notable among these are dates, cucumbers, malts, eggplants. The fasting people have started getting frustrated due to the increase in prices. The people of the country are struggling to buy products for Ramadan. The government has formed a task force to control commodity prices, increased market monitoring, mobile courts are working but prices are still not being controlled.

In the last three days, the price of eggplant has gone up by 40 to 50 Tk per kg, local cucumber by 50 to 60 Tk per kg, Malta by 30 to 40 Tk and lemon by 30 to 40 Tk per hali. Besides, every dozen bananas have increased by Tk 30, carrots by Tk 20, apples by Tk 20 to 30 and grapes by Tk 20 to 30. Such a picture has been seen in different markets of the capital.

It can be seen that the cucumber is being sold at 140 to 150 Tk per kg and one-day old at 100 Tk. But three days ago, cucumber was sold at 60 to 70 Tk at max. Eggplants are being sold at Tk 60-80 per kg, carrots at Tk 60 per kg, lemons at Tk 40-70 every four piece, malta at Tk 180 per kg and watermelons at Tk 50 per kg. The price of vegetable banana has gone up by Tk 150 per dozen in the market. Traders claim that retail prices have also risen due to rising prices of Iftar products in the wholesale market.

Jatrabari fruit shops and markets in the capital have been visited, apples at Tk 220 to Tk 240 per kg, Malta at Tk 180 to Tk 200, grapes at Tk 280 to Tk 220, ajwa dates at Tk 500, dabas dates at Tk 250 to Tk 280, sugai dates at Tk 400, watermelon is being sold at Tk 50 for small size and Tk 60 for large size. Besides, eggplant is being sold at Tk 100 per kg and domestic cucumber at Tk 80 to Tk 100.

Government officials say there are some unscrupulous traders who are actually raising prices in the hope of making more profit during Ramadan. The government is aware of this. Action will be taken against those who are trying to destabilize the market by raising the prices of goods in an unscrupulous manner.

Market analysts say the government is trying its best. However, it is very difficult to control some unscrupulous traders in the market. As a result, the price of the product is increasing in the market. However, there is market monitoring. Analysts expect prices to fall soon.

Ramadan   Commodity Prices  


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New price of 12kg LPG drops by Tk35 to Tk1200

Publish: 06:52 PM, 02 Oct, 2022


The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Sunday announced the new price of liquefied petroleum gas for the month of October, a drop of Tk2.91 per kg.

A 12-kg LPG cylinder would now cost Tk1200 (instead of Tk1,235) for retail, according to the revised price.

The prices of LPG for other sizes of cylinders from 5.5 kg to 45 kg will come down rationally, said BERC chairman Abdul Jalil, who announced the new price at a virtual press briefing on Sunday.

As per the announcement, the price of auto gas (LPG used for motor vehicles) was reduced to 55.92 per litre from previous price of Tk 57.55 per litre, down by Tk 1.63 per litre.

The new price will be effective from 6 pm on Sunday (October 2).

Jalil informed that the US Dollar rate was considered at Tk 106.64 in refixing the price of the LPG as private operators import it from Middle East through foreign currency.

He said though the LPG price has substantially come down in the global market, consumers are not getting full advantage of the downward trend due to the high dollar price in the local market.

Last month, the dollar exchange rate was considered Tk104.02

The price of LPG, marketed by state-owned LP Gas Company, will remain as usual as it is locally produced with a market share of less than 5%.

The LPG price went up to the highest Tk1,439 (a 12kg cylinder) in the local market, following the start of the Russia-Ukraine war in February this year.

The LPG price was the lowest at Tk1,225 for a 12kg cylinder in January this year and it witnessed continuous hikes in February, March and April.

LPG   Price drop   BERC  


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12kg LPG price increased by Tk16

Publish: 12:15 PM, 07 Sep, 2022


The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) has increased the price of liquified petroleum gas (LPG) at the consumer level.

The company has increased the price of 12-kg cylinder of LPG by Tk16 and fixed it at Tk1,235.

The BERC announced the hike at a virtual press briefing on Wednesday. BERC Director (Gas) Engineer Mohammad Ali Biswas confirmed the matter.

BERC adjusts LPG prices regularly keeping in mind the international market situation. The state agency usually makes the announcement at the beginning of the month at a virtual press conference.

At the beginning of August, BERC fixed the price of a 12 kg LPG cylinder at Tk 1,219. In that month, the price of 12 kg cylinder decreased by Tk 35.

In July, BERC fixed the price of a 12 kg LPG cylinder at Tk 1,254. And in June it was Tk 1,242.

Earlier, the consumer had to spend Tk 1,335 to buy a 12 kg cylinder in May.

Till April 12, 2021, LPG rates were at the discretion of the companies. BERC announced rates for the first time on April 12.

At that time, it is said that the price of this import-dependent fuel will be based on the price announced by the Saudi state company Aramco.

If the Saudi rate fluctuates, the base price will also fluctuate. Other commissions will remain unchanged. BERC has been announcing LPG rates every month since the announcement.

LPG   Price hike  


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Government to determine price of 9 essential products

Publish: 10:19 AM, 31 Aug, 2022


Considering the international market price and domestic production and supply situation, the government will decide the price of nine essential products. They are rice, flour, flour, oil, sugar, lentil, egg, cement, rod from now on. It has also been decided to take legal action against those who sell beyond the fixed price announced by the government.

The decision was taken by the Ministry of Commerce in a meeting with the stakeholders regarding the progress of supply, storage and import process of products in the market on Tuesday (August 30). After the meeting, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi gave this information to the reporters in a briefing.

He said that until now the Tariff Commission used to set the price of edible oil and sugar only. But in recent times the prices of these commodities have skyrocketed, taking advantage of the global instability and appreciation of the dollar in the domestic market. Which should not have happened. The matters have come to the attention of the Ministry of Commerce and to keep it under control, regular operations are being conducted through various organizations including the Directorate of Consumer Rights Protection.

Tipu Munshi said that even though the operation was going on, stability in the market could not be created at the right price in real sense. In such a context, this meeting was held with all the stock holders of the products related to the Ministry of Commerce.

The Minister said that the Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission has been given the responsibility to determine what the price of the products should be on an overall basis. They will decide the exact price in the next 15 days after discussing with the concerned holders.

Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, Bangladesh Trade and Tariff Commission Chairman Mahfuza Akhtar, FBCCI Senior Vice President Mostafa Azad Chowdhury Babu and Chittagong Chamber of Commerce President Mahbubul Alam, Bangladesh Competition Commission Chairman Mofizul Islam, Director General of Consumer Rights Protection Directorate AHM Safikuzzaman along with senior officials of the Ministry of Commerce were present.


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Benapole Port transit is hindered by rising fuel prices

Publish: 09:55 AM, 16 Aug, 2022


Due to the increased transportation costs brought on by the recent increase in fuel oil prices, movement of commodities via the nation's main land port, Benapole, has been severely hindered.

Businesspeople at the port claimed that after the increase in fuel prices, transport companies excessively increased the truck fare. Because there are currently no trucks available, they are unable to transfer goods throughout the country, which has caused turmoil in the port's transportation system.

Importers, transport agents and C & F agents are finding it difficult to send goods to various places in the country imported from India.

Meanwhile, passengers of Benapole who returned home from India have to count additional money as all long route buses have increased the fare from Tk 200 to Tk 700 in different categories.

Importers said they used to pay Tk 15,000 to 21,000 a trip of a goods-laden truck from Benapole to Dhaka. But now, owners of the trucks are charging Tk 25,000 to 28,000 which is too much abnormal compared to the recent price hike of fuel.

Importers cannot release goods from the port due to a lack of trucks despite paying duty to the port customs, they lamented.

On the other hand, some importers of Dhaka said they can’t bring the imported goods to factories because of additional truck fares.

Anwar Ali Anu, an importer of Jashore, said he brought goods from Benapole to Jashore by truck at Tk 5,000 maximum in the last month. But now truck owners are charging Tk 11,000 for the same amount of goods.

“This additional truck fare will trigger us to the losses,” he added.

Benapole Transport Agency Owners’ Association General Secretary Azim Uddin said importers will have to pay Tk 10,000 additional fare per truck as fuel cost has increased the pressure on the transport sector.

Echoing the same, Atikuzzaman Sony, president of the organisation said businessmen don’t get a truck or covered van despite offering additional fares increasing suffering for the importers.

Benapole Port Importers-Exporters Association president Mohsin Milon said many businesses are giving additional fares for some goods which might be rotted.


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Bangladesh’s export to India through Benapole increased

Publish: 10:24 AM, 03 Aug, 2022


Export of Bangladeshi products to India through Benapole Port has increased. Many products which used to be imported have now been added to the list of exports. In the recently concluded financial year 2021-22, 4 lakhs 51 thousand 395 metric tons of goods were exported to India through Benapole port. Which is 1 lakh 54 thousand 344 metric tons more than last year.

Benapole port sources said that even 10 years ago, this port was important only in import trade. However, due to the good quality of Bangladeshi products, the demand is increasing in India. Export products include jute products, ready-made garments, chemicals, acids, paper, fish, tissue, melamine, rice brand, mahogany fruit and many more.

Abdul Jalil, Deputy Director (Administration) of Benapole Port, said that in order to keep the economy of the country running, as well as the customs, the port officials and employees have kept the trade services open for 24 hours, even during the corona period. As a result, the export has increased in a huge amount. He said that the Indian authorities have been requested to take measures so that trucks carrying export goods can enter India more quickly.

Benapole Customs Joint Commissioner Abdur Rashid said that 4 lakhs 51 thousand 395 metric tons of Bangladeshi goods were exported to India in 2021-22 financial year through Benapole port. Which is 1 lakh 54 thousand 344 metric tons more than last year. In the fiscal year 2020-21, the amount of export products was 2 lakhs 97 thousand 50 metric tons. And the matter of exporting goods through this port has been informed to the higher officials. 

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