Myanmar sees dramatic rise in timber smuggling, official says

Yangon – Myanmar seized more than 15,000 tonnes of illegally harvested timber in the first two months of this fiscal year, a tenfold increase over the same period last year, a government official said Thursday. The figures were revealed less than a month after the country announced plans to reduce its output of processed teak […]

More than Ks 350 million in illegal goods seized

The customs department has seized more than Ks 350 million in commodities over the month of April, most have not paid tax duty at various airports, seaports and check-points. Items included cell phones, computers, cameras, electronic devices, cosmetics, medicines and a car. They were seized at Yangon International Airport, Yangon Ports and Terminals, and Mandalay […]

Lessons from Asia’s reversal of fortunes

The short flight from Bangkok to Yangon on Sunday took the usual 55 minutes and transported passengers from Thailand’s thriving metropolis to the more surreal world of Myanmar’s former capital. But this time, the “tale of two cities” – one just emerging from the shadows, the other on a rapid development track – had reversed, […]

Illegal car trading occurs along Myanmar border

Cars are being illegally imported to Myanmar through forty routes along Myanmar border, according to the Deputy Minister Dr. Pwint San of the Ministry of Commerce on July 23 at Naypyitaw. From 2011-2012 financial year to 2013 June in new Government administration, more than 2007 cars without license have been seized in three states, and […]