Mandalay airport, jetty on radar for illegal imports

Mobile inspection teams will expand to Mandalay International Airport and Gaw Wein Jetty next month, according to the Central Committee for Preventing and Controlling Illegal Trade. “We’ve prepared everything for inspections. We will start from October,” said Lan San Oo, the official who oversees international airports for the mobile teams. Although it was previously announced […]

Mobile inspection teams to monitor commercial hubs

To tackle illegal trade, mobile inspection teams will keep a close watch on commercial hubs like Mandalay International Airport, Ayeyawady River, Mandalay’s Gaw Wein Jetty and border gates in Myawady, according to the Central Committee for Fighting Contraband. Since the formation of the committee in December 2012, there has been a drop in revenue lost […]

Plan for central mineral market

Myanmar Federation of Mining Association (MFMA) plans to set up a central mineral market this year to eliminate illegal trade and minimise the loss of state funds. The move was discussed at the Myanmar-China Trade promotion forum under the heading of “Business Opportunities especially Mining Sector in Myanmar”. Setting up a central mineral market aims […]

Inspectors find illegal imports at four ports

Mobile teams inspecting ports for illegal imports have found containers carrying unlicenced goods at four seaports, officials said. Inspections at four ports, including Asia World Port, covered 15,060 containers since the crackdown on illegal trade through ports began on July 2. When the crackdown began officials said the first month would be an “education” period. […]

Myanmar’s rosewoods in crisis as Chinese imports rise 6 fold in 3 years

Myanmar’s precious rosewood tree species are heading for imminent commercial extinction at the hands of China’s multi-billion dollar rosewood furniture boom. The illegal trade in rosewood species is driven by the expanding wealthy elites in China and their desire for the high-end Ming and Qing dynasty reproduction furniture collectively known as ‘hongmu’. In the briefing […]

Muse sees largest volume of illegal trade

Trade going through the northern border town of Muse sees the largest volume of illegal goods seized by police, according to a recent report. The total value of seized illegal goods amounts to Ks 12.7 billion (US$12 million), says the report by the Prevention and Control of Illegal Trading Central Committee. The committee has cracked […]

Myanmar cracks down on illegal trade, tax evasion

YANGON: Myanmar is clamping down on illegal trading and tax evasions to better reflect its trade numbers. Over a one-and-a-half-year period, officers confiscated illegal goods worth about US$17 million. Authorities are now expanding their inspections to five international ports and airport in Yangon. This is to make sure that traders are accurately declaring the products […]

Crackdown on illegal imports nets US$18 million

Mobile teams patrolling for illegal trade have seized more than US$18 million in goods over the past year and a half, according to the Central Committee for Preventing and Controlling Illegal Trading. It said 3,391 cases of illegal trade have been transferred to the Customs Department as of June 26. The crackdown on illegal trade […]

Anti-smuggling teams to watch Yangon airport

The Ministry of Commerce’s mobile enforcement teams will include Yangon International Airport in their air and sea port investigations set to start on July 2, according to ministry officials. With much of Myanmar’s cross-border commerce thought to be carried out illegally, the teams will target tax evasion and promote legalised trade, which has grown to […]

Mobile Team to Check Air and Sea Cargoes

Union Minister U Win Myint said the country’s Mobile Team will check cargoes, being carried into Myanmar via air and water ways, whether they are legal or not. Usually, the Mobile Team examines goods being couriered across Myanmar’s borders in vehicles using the country’s motorways. Union Minister U Win Myint has confirmed a six-month test […]