US eases Myanmar trade sanctions

US authorities have removed a ban on trade through ports and airports in Myanmar for six months, a move that should help galvanise the country’s incoming government. A landslide victory by the National League for Democracy, led by the iconic Aung San Suu Kyi, marked the first free polls in 25 years, and the party […]

Myanmar vote raises hopes for sanctions removal

As the National League for Democracy (NLD) looks poised to win Myanmar’s historic elections, western exporters hope that a democratic transition may bring further easing of the US sanctions regime. The first round of sanctions lifting occurred in 2012 after the military regime agreed to loosen its grip on power and establish a civilian parliament, […]