India's edible-oil traders’ body,
Solvent Extractors Association (SEA) has urged New Delhi to restrain imports of
refined edible oils under SAFTA by tank lorries and in packed form from its
immediate neighbourhood as increasing zero-duty imports hurt local millers and
Every day about 800-1000 tonnes of RBD palmolein
and refined soyabean oils are coming from Bangladesh in tank lorry and packed
form through land boarder of West Bengal and Assam. The following land ports
being used to push the refined edible oil in India under SAFTA at Nil duty, the
trade body said.
This cargo is being released by Custom on the
basis of bond on the same day of arrival without tested by PHO. Usually when
cargo arrived by ship, before releasing, 100% cargo being tested by FSSAI and
Custom which takes minimum 4-7 days.
The trade body urged government to direct Custom
and FSSAI Authorities at these land ports to take appropriate action to stop
The Solvent Extractors Association (SEA) has
also pointed out that edible oil tankers from Bangladesh are having high
transfat of 4 to 5% and being used for adulteration in the local markets. There
is no checks for selling and marketing such imported refined oils in India and
could be serious health hazardous too, the association said.
“We appeal to the Government to kindly check and
regulate the import from Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries under
SAFTA by roads as there is neither real value addition nor the check on quality
and SAFTA norms are flouted,” SEA said.