Women work in a rice processing mill in Munshiganj, Bangladesh on 4 January 2021
Women work in a rice processing mill in Munshiganj, Bangladesh on 4 January 2021Reuters

Bangladesh’s state grains buyer has issued two international tenders to purchase a total 60,000 tonnes of rice, traders said on Thursday.

A tender to import 50,000 tonnes with unloading in sea ports closes on 20 January.

Another tender for 10,000 tonnes which can be imported by rail or road only closes on 18 January.

Bangladesh has issued a series of rice tenders in recent weeks amid dwindling supplies and a surge in prices of the staple grain after floods damaged its crop.

Bangladesh’s rice imports are likely to surge to 2 million tonnes in the 2020/21 financial year as local prices jumped to a record high on limited supplies, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Previous tenders from Bangladesh, also for 50,000 tonnes of rice, closed on 30 December.

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The latest two tenders both sought non-basmati parboiled rice.

In the 50,000 tonnes tender, offers are to be made in CIF liner out terms, including ship unloading costs, for shipment to the ports of Chattogram and Mongla.

The rice can come from worldwide origins and shipment is required 40 days after contract award.

Rice in the 10,000 tonnes tender with land transport can also be sourced from any worldwide origin but delivery is required only eight days after a letter of credit for finance has been opened.

“This would put India as the only realistic origin in my view,” one European rice trader said.