The government has extended the deadline for exporting hilsa to India on the occasion of Durga Puja. The new deadline is November 5.
The Commerce Ministry announced the new deadline by sending a letter to the Office of the Chief Import-Export Controller (CCIE) on Tuesday (October 26th). Durga Puja ended on 15 October.
Last month, the Commerce Ministry allowed 115 companies to export 4,600 tonnes of hilsa in two phases. Each company has got an opportunity to export 40 tons of hilsa on an average. The last date for export was October 3.
According to a letter sent to CCIE, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock issued a circular on September 27 banning the procurement, transportation, storage, marketing, trade and exchange of hilsa across the country from October 4 to 25. The companies could not complete the export of hilsa within the stipulated time. As a result, the remaining approved hilsa can be exported.
However, there are several conditions for the export of hilsa. It has been said that the existing export policy has to abide by the rules of 2018-21. Exported hilsa should be physically tested by the customs authorities. At the end of each consignment, export related documents have to be submitted to the Ministry of Commerce.
Besides, no more than the permitted amount of hilsa can be exported. The permit will be valid till November 5. Permission is not transferable in any way. Cannot export under contract without authorized exporter.