Border trade at Muse resumes after Ruili restrictions relaxed

Border trade at Muse, Shan State, has resumed following the reopening of the customs office in Ruili China, after the border town resumed business on September 22.

Trade between Myanmar and China had been placed on hold after Ruili was placed under lockdown on September 15, when positive COVID-19 cases were detected in the city.

“As China has allowed its customs office to reopen, Myanmar has resumed exporting products such as rice, sugar, onions and other goods across the border,” said U Min Thein, Vice Chair of the Muse Rice Wholesale Centre.
While travel outside Ruili is still restricted, goods for trade are now allowed to pass through the border from both sides. However, Myanmar truck drivers are still required to swap vehicles with Chinese drivers before the goods are allowed to pass into China.

About 20,000 bags of rice are expected to be exported from Myanmar today.

“The market has returned to normal for now, even though volumes are not the same as before the outbreak of COVID-19,” said an official of Khwar Nyo Fruit Wholesale Centre.

Once Ruili is clear of the virus after a second round of testing is conducted on September 26, all restrictions will be lifted, officials said.

Trade volumes at Muse are the highest across all border towns in Myanmar, with exports totalling US$3 billion in fiscal 2019-20 and imports from China reaching US$1.7 billion over the same period.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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