Smuggled cigarettes, alcohol beat the ban

Fake or untaxed alcohol and tobacco products are flooding the market as the Ministry of Commerce and importers face an impasse over planned import reform, industry sources say. The Internal Revenue Department announced early this month that it would crackdown on untaxed, illegally imported and sometimes fake goods that are freely available at wholesale markets […]

Govt aims to formalise phone imports

The vast majority of mobile phones brought into Myanmar – including iPhone or Samsung Galaxy-series handsets – do not follow correct import procedures, said Minister of Commerce U Win Myint. About 98 to 99 percent of all imported handsets are brought in without import licences, with only about 200,000 licences being issued for about 10 […]