Govt withdraws 5pc import duty on onion

The government has withdrawn 5 percent duty on onion import to reduce the price of this essential kitchen item in the local market.

The decision has been taken as per the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said a Finance Ministry press release today.

The importers will enjoy such privilege till March 31 next year (2021).

The release said the government had earlier imposed a 5 percent duty on onion import in the current fiscal year (FY21) to ensure fair price for the local onion farmers as well as to motivate the local farmers in onion production and thus reduce dependence on onion import.

Now the decision of withdrawal of the duty was taken following the instruction of the government high-ups after the price of onion started to soar and reached to Tk 120 per kg on Tuesday after India imposed a ban on export of onion on September 14.

Earlier on September 16, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal had said that the government would consider withdrawing 5 percent import duty on onion.

But, under the present circumstances, the decision to withdraw this 5 percent import duty has been taken since the price of onion went up in recent times.