In a first for Bangladesh, a consignment of watermelons has been shipped to Malaysia through Chattogram port by vegetable exporter Sattar International. The consignment of more than 13 tons of watermelon and 5 tons of tomato had reached a private inland container depot last week. The goods were then packed into a 40-feet refrigerated container after customs and quarantine tests.
Abdul Kaiyum, proprietor of Sattar International, said the value of the 5 tons of tomato alone is worth $3,000. The firm has been exporting various vegetables, including potato, tomato, cabbage and cauliflower to different Malaysian buyers for the last three years. Kaiyum informed that one of his Malaysian buyers previously expressed interest in importing watermelon from Bangladesh.