New US trade preferences highlight challenges for Myanmar exporters

Myanmar’s business sector has welcomed US plans to lift almost all remaining sanctions against the country and reinstitute special trade preferences, but some industries could find it hard to take advantage of the new environment. US President Barack Obama announced this week that he intends to lift the state of emergency the US declared against Myanmar in […]

US restores GSP benefits to Myanmar

US president Barack Obama has signed a proclamation reinstating Myanmar’s (formerly Burma) eligibility for benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme as of November 13, 2016. Since Myanmar is a least developed country (LDC), it will be able to export approximately 5,000 products to the US duty-free under this programme. The trade preference benefits were restored after […]

US and Myanmar agree to game-changing initiatives

In addition to the lifting of US sanctions on Myanmar that came as a result of a historic meeting at The White House yesterday between US President Barack Obama and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, there will be several other initiatives that were agreed upon in Washington, including global health security and improved […]

Business community pins sanction hopes on State Counsellor’s visit to US

With State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi set to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington today, many in Myanmar’s business community will be watching closely. The two are set to discuss US sanctions that have been in place for decades, and that investors are rearing to have removed. Businesses have long called for lifting sanctions they say cripple […]

US Investment in Burma Forecasted to Increase

RANGOON — US investment in Burma has strong potential to increase this year, experts said at a US-Burma Economic Relations seminar in Rangoon on Monday. Entitled “US-Burma Economic Relations: The Next Phase,” the seminar was jointly organized by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and the United States Chamber […]

Canada junks tariffs for Myanmar imports

Imports into Canada from Myanmar will now enjoy tariff free status after the Canadian government restored the country’s General Preferential Tariff (GPT) and Least Developed Country Tariff (LDCT). Myanmar’s eligibility for GPT and LDCT had been removed in 1997 as part of a widespread global response to concerns about human rights violations in the country. […]

Garment sector to hit $1.5b revenue mark

Revenues in the garment sector are expected to grow by as much as 50 percent for the 2013-14 fiscal year and reach US$1.5 billion, experts said. Daw Khaing Khaing Nwe, secretary of the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers’ Association, told The Myanmar Times that the sector has continued to benefit from relaxed trade rules from abroad, while […]

Garment industry to increase foreign investment

YANGON – The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) expects the garment industry to gain US$ 1.5 billion in foreign investment by 2015 if political reforms continue. Enterprises that deal in cutting, making and packing are creating job opportunities as foreign investment grows in the garment sector. Garment exports made record earnings with US$ 1.1 billion […]

Myanmar aims for US duty free by 2014

Myanmar’s exporters stand to benefit from duty-free access to the United States by the end of the year under the US Generalized System of Preferences, experts say. The Ministry of Commerce said Myanmar must prove that it has improved labour rights and its property laws in line with the international standards provided by foreign institutions. […]

Hong Kong and China to invest in Myanmar’s garment industry

Hong Kong and China will operate garment enterprises under Cutting, Making and Packing –CMP system at industrial zones in Yangon, the commercial hub of Myanmar, according to the Directorate of Investment and Companies Administration-DICA. China-based Shanghai Donglong Feather Manufacture Company has cooperated with Dong Long (Myanmar) Garment company to carry out garment enterprises at Hlaingthayar […]