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 due to smuggling. The committee also checks for foodstuffs contaminated with prohibited chemicals, thus protecting consumer rights at a certain level, said Win Myint, committee chairperson and also Union Minister of Commerce.
Mobile inspection teams have been keeping a close watch over toll gates, sea lanes and airports and have now extended their role to the Mandalay and Myawady areas.
Investigations in Yangon harbour and airport started on July 2 and the period until August 15 was regarded as ‘‘a training period’’. Legal action was expected to be pursued only after that period.
Within four fiscal years, the mobile teams have confiscated gems, jade pieces, various logs and mobile handsets worth nearly Ks 6 billion (US$6 million) from smugglers.
Source: ELEVEN MYANMAR