Charcoal production in Myeik on the rise, spurred by higher domestic demand, illegal exports

The production and sale of charcoal in Myanmar has been on the rise in recent years and not just because of domestic demand. Based on an investigative trip to Myeik, Tanintharyi Region, recently, The Myanmar Times learned that a large, unrecorded volume of charcoal is being illegally exported to Thailand. In Yangon, demand for charcoal […]

The wily ways of a Myanmar-China border town

One of many towns of the Myanmar-China border, Bhamo, Myanmar has long been a hub for illegal trade with China, including illegally logged charcoal currently sold. Most of the charcoal is bound overland for brisk business with China, yet Bhamo still finds itself without enough money coming in. Bhamo has a long history of diversifying […]

Export earnings of jade more than triple

Export earnings for jade during the nine-month financial period from April to December of 2013 reached US$ 920 million (Ks 887.79 billion), according to the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development. This amount is more than a third larger than last year’s overall earnings (more than US$ 600 million). Export earnings for the 2012-2013 […]

Timber merchants, China must cooperate if export ban is to succeed

Burma’s Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry announced six months ago that a ban on the export of raw timber will go into effect on 1 April 2014. As that date nears, the Myanmar Timber Merchants Association (MTMA) has requested that foreign timber merchants cooperate with government policymakers to avoid the illegal export of timber. […]