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, […]

Myanmar Exports Seek Their Own, Unique, Identifying Barcode in the Vast World of Retail Products

Companies wish­ing to export their products will be­gin applying to Belgium-based global barcode as­sociation, GS1, for their country specific bar code by the end of the year. With the assistance of the Myanmar Barcode Association, companies with international ambi­tions are applying for this unique, but universally recognized barcode, to identify their product as “Made in […]

Muse trade rises again after merchant accounts unfrozen

The Muse land port of entry saw trade values increase by US$100 million in first four months of the current financial year compared to same period of last year, said the merchants engaged in Muse border trade. The increase in trade is due, in part, to the unfreezing of bank accounts by China after a […]