Import-export e-licences to debut by end of year

The Ministry of Commerce plans to launch an e-system for applications for import-export licences by the end of the year, deputy minister for commerce Dr Pwint Hsan said.

“Entrepreneurs will be able to apply for import-export licences via the Internet instead of have to go to Yangon or Nay Pyi Taw,” Pwint Hsan told the second annual meeting of the Myanmar Garment Entrepreneurs Association on September 7.

The system would be introduced for the garment industry first, but any company that has received approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission will be able to use it,” he said.

Currently, businesses can e-mail some information to the ministry to apply for an import-export licence but they cannot complete the entire process online. “This is not a real online system,” the deputy minister said. Under the new system the entire process can be completed online, including receiving the licence, he added.

The ministry has been hindered in introducing the e-system due to a lack of basic infrastructure, so it has been offering it in sections, Pwint Hsan said. An application system that is automatic and can be completed entirely online will be up and running within three to four months, he added.

“We have a team for operating the system in place now,” Pwint Hsan said.


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