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Authorities working on permitting liquor imports

Arrangements are being made to allow liquor, beer and wine imports, albeit within limits, U Aung Htoo, deputy minister for the Ministry of Commerce, said in Parliament. Supporting legislation will also be drafted. As Myanmar currently bans the import of alcohol, large quantities of foreign liquor, beer and wine are smuggled into the country on […]

Myanmar to ease decades-old alcohol import ban

Just months after the Yangon government strictly enforced a ban on stores selling foreign liquor, the Ministry of Commerce announced it would come up with draft legislation this year to relax the decades-old ban on alcohol imports. Assistant secretary U Khin Maung Lwin told The Myanmar Times that the ministry is currently drafting a bill […]

Illegal trade more rampant than before, govt measures not effective

Government efforts to prevent illegal border trade have not been effective or sufficient and counterfeit goods are still being smuggled into the country. In fact, things are worse than before. “Illegal trade can’t be controlled. Illegal trade is worse than before even though measures were taken to reopen some of the border gates by the […]

Govt cracks down on contraband

Myanmar’s Mobile Team announced this weekend it had seized over one billion kyat (US$1 million) worth of smuggled goods between August 2013 and the beginning of May this year from seven ports in Yangon. The squad’s deputy-director, Myint Oo, said over 70 percent of all contraband was confiscated following tips from members of the public. […]

Govt Crackdown on Imported Alcohol Intensifies, to Concern of Retailers

YANGON — In the past week, the Ministry of Commerce has intensified its crackdown on what it deems illegally imported alcohol, sparking further unrest among retailers, including Myanmar’s biggest supermarket chain City Mart. Most retailers have now stopped sales of foreign booze out of fear for being raided, leading to a shortfall of liquor supplies […]