PetroChina’s Yunnan refinery exports first diesel cargo

PetroChina’s new 260,000 barrels per day (bpd) Yunnan refinery exported its first diesel cargo on April 29, the company said on Monday via its official newspaper. The cargo was due to be carried by truck from Anning city in southern Yunnan province to the Ruili port on the China-Myanmar border, the paper said. The cargo […]

Govt to remove withholding taxes from April 1 to support businesses

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is planning to stop levying withholding tax starting April 1 onwards in a bid to boost the economy, it revealed during a weekend discussion. The discussions, which took place with the Yangon Regional Government, Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and other business associations, were held […]

New technologies needed as prawn, shrimp exports dwindle

Myanmar shrimp and prawn exporters are facing a growing shortage of supplies due to the erosion of their natural habitats and unsuccessful breeding techniques, according to a report analysing exports to Japan supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). A lack of preservation of fishery resources in Myanmar has led to a decline in […]

Falling farm prices, currency hit Thai-Myanmar trade

TAK: Trade value across the border with Myanmar border in Mae Sot district dropped more than 10% last year on falling prices in the agricultural sector and a drop in the value of the kyat. Suchart Triratwattana, the chief adviser of the Tak Chamber of Commerce, said on Wednesday border trade between the district and […]

Yangon furniture zone in the works

Local furniture makers and Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein met recently to thresh out details of a planned furniture industrial zone aimed at developing the country’s furniture industry. The planned industrial zone is also expected to boost the quality of the furniture products intended for exports, according to Kyaw Kyaw Win, president of […]

Myanmar tackles food safety in bid to boost agricultural exports

MYANMAR plans to improve food safety in a bid to boost agricultural exports and extract more value from a sector that accounts for 38 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product. Ye Tint Tun, director general of the Department of Agriculture, said exports of agricultural products made up 23 per cent of Myanmar’s export […]

Myanmar Watermelon Nabs China’s Off-Season Market Share

China’s domestic watermelon season ends in October—except for in Hainan where a small quantity of watermelon is being grown. Watermelons from Myanmar, however, are just coming into season. Myanmar’s watermelon is an off-season fruit that usually lists from November to May of next year. At present, Myanmar’s watermelon has taken over 80% of China’s off-season […]

Myanmar’s evolving maritime security landscape

Myanmar links South and Southeast Asia and lies on maritime shipping routes from the Indian and Pacific Oceans.A key pillar of its national development agenda is establishing an efficient and integrated transport system to become Asia’s newest maritime hub. Recent political and economic reforms have already had significant impact on national trade flows. According to […]

Car import permits down 60pc in 2017-18

Applications for the import of passenger vehicle is down by more than 5,000 so far this fiscal year compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year, said U Aung Htoo, deputy minister for Ministry of Commerce. The government has been trying to limit the import of cars to control traffic congestion in the […]

Border trade down by $165 million

The value of border trade from 1st April to 25 August this fiscal year was down by US$165 million when compared to that in the same point of last fiscal year. Border trade from 1st April to 25 August this fiscal year hit $2.77 billion — $1.65 billion in exports and $1.12 billion in imports, […]