Bhutan: Tsirang orange exporters worried over export drop

As the demand for oranges has dropped by almost eighty percent compared to past years, Bhutan’s exporters are worried. Tsirang-based exporter Dina Nath Adhikari, who exports oranges to Bangladesh, claims that importers have only placed one order for a truckload of orange in two days.

He said that exporters receive orders for only three truckloads for a letter of credit (LC). “In the past, we receive orders for at least 15 trucks in an LC.” Dina Nath Adhikari also said delay in providing LC is also affecting the business. “I could only export 30 percent of oranges since the export began on December 15.”

Another exporter who supplies oranges from Tsirang and Dagana told that the shortage of labour for grading and packing at the depot is impeding export. In addition to the impact of the current pandemic on the export market, exporters assume that the drop of orange demand could also have been caused by absence of importers from Bangladesh inspecting the products.

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