Beers and inexpensive food products were the most seized among the illegal imports from Thailand into Myanmar through border areas, according to officials from mobile teams operated by Department of Border Trade (DBT) under the Ministry of Commerce.
Two mobile teams have seized Ks 266 lakhs worth of the products within just few days from June 9 to 17 on the route, the team officials said.
“Chang Beer”, the top-selling brand in Thailand was the most trafficked among the beers seized, they said.
Although Myanmar’s Investment Commission have already given permission for legal production of “Chang Beer” to operate in Yangon, Mandalay and Taung Gyi in January this year, the trafficking of the beer has yet to declined.
“Chang Beer” was among the most popular items for the trafficking and trafficked in million cans a year, according to the officials.
Chang Beer, which started production in March 1995 at their brewery in Bang Ban district of Ayutthaya Province, is the top-selling brand in Thailand and also a popular beer in Myanmar.
Myanmar’s legal border trading with Thailand flows through border towns such as Mu Se, Myawaddy, Tachileik and Kawthaung.
The authorities also seized Ks 2000 lakhs worth of illegally imported products on Muse-Mandalay route in May this year.
Source: Eleven News Media