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Business losses mount on closure of Myanmar-China border gate


More than 1500 fruit trucks are stranded at Myanmar-China border due to the closure of Kyin San Kyawt gate near Muse, leading to heavy losses, U Sai Myint Bo, chair of the Fruit Wholesale Centre at Muse trade zone told The Myanmar Times.

Kyin San Kyawt gate, which is about 10 miles from Muse’s 105th mile trade zone, was shut down by a Myanmar military company for security reasons on December 27. However, local merchant associations received no prior warning or official notice, said U Sai Myint Bo.

The gate remained closed up until yesterday, racking up damages amounting to K4 lakh per fruit truck. The 1500 trucks are loaded with domestically produced watermelon and cucumber.

“If any action is to be taken, the authorities should inform the working people who will be impacted on the ground. Whatever the reasons are, whether based on politics or security, if the border gates are to be closed, the interests of Myanmar people need to be considered and protected. Closures without warning hurt fruit growers and exporters a lot;” he said.

The Kyin San Kyawt gate is a major export route for Myanmar watermelons, cucumbers, eels and crab. Exporters have to pay K 2600 in duties for a tonne of watermelons traded.

Watermelons and cucumbers are grown mainly by farmers in Mon State, Kayin State, Bago Region, Yangon Region, Ayeyarwady Region, Nay Pyi Taw Council area, Magwe Region, Mandalay Region, Sagaing Region, Kachin State and Shan State, according to the Fruit Wholesale Centre on December 28.

Around 400 trucks ferrying watermelons and cucumbers trade at the gate daily. However, congestion had worsened since mid December up until the gate was closed on December 27 due to delays in checks conducted by China as a result of fewer inspection officials.

China-bound vehicles have been advised to go through the Pangsaing-Won Taing gate.

Source: Myanmar Times

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