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Mandalay airport, jetty on radar for illegal imports

Mobile inspection teams will expand to Mandalay International Airport and Gaw Wein Jetty next month, according to the Central Committee for Preventing and Controlling Illegal Trade.

“We’ve prepared everything for inspections. We will start from October,” said Lan San Oo, the official who oversees international airports for the mobile teams.

Although it was previously announced that mobile teams would inspect international airports and ports to prevent and control the illegal trade, only the international airport and ports in Yangon were covered due to logistical problems among teams.

Seizures of illegal imports have surged since the mobile teams arrived in Yangon to inspect the airport and five river ports: Asia World, Hteetan, Myanmar Industrial, Sule and Botahtaung.

The Central Committee for Preventing and Controlling Illegal Trade is also inspecting routes in Shan State, Sagaing Region, Bago Region and Yangon Region, including factories and warehouses that store commodities.

As of July US$17 million in illegal imports was seized by the teams. The Central Committee for Preventing and Controlling Illegal Trade was set up by President Thein Sein in 2012.

Source: ELEVEN MYANMAR

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