Tk 10 crore revenue unpaid: 25 fruit importers’ licenses suspended

    The fruit transported by trucks remains trapped in the land port of Bomra. Photo: Collected

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    The fruit transported by trucks remains trapped in the land port of Bomra. Photo: Collected

    The trading of 25 fruit importers stopped yesterday after the authorities of the Benapole Customs suspended their licenses for non-payment of 10 million TK in outstanding income.

    The 25 agencies have been evading payments for the past four years, Benapole Special Customs Commissioner Dr Nejamul Islam told the Daily Star.

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    After the suspension, the fruits imported by the organizations were stuck in the country’s ports and customs, reports the Benapole correspondent.

    Confirming the matter, a source at the Benapole Customs said last night that eight trucks carrying different fruits, including dates, tomatoes and pineapples imported from India, remained trapped in the land port of Bohra in Bomra.

    As importers did not clear revenue, fruit import licenses have been suspended and the “AIN” of some C&F agents’ organizations has been locked, the source said.

    Until the issue is resolved, importers will not be able to import through any port, said Benapole customs official Dr Neyamul Islam, adding that if the issue is not resolved before the fruit is lost, it will be sold at auction following the rules.

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