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Winrock and Myantrade sign export promotion agreement for crops including coffee

Winrock International and the Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization (Myantrade) under the Ministry of Commerce have signed a cooperation agreement for the export promotion of six crops including coffee. Ministry of Commerce, Permanent Secretary Aung Soe said, “We signed MoU for cooperation and assisting in designating specifications and trade promotion. We will conduct training for export […]

Government proposes to raise import licensing fees

The government is planning to raise import licensing fees in response to the changing economic environment of the country. Ministry of Commerce deputy minister U Aung Htoo proposed the new fee structure, which will see licensing rates of a minimum of K30,000 to a maximum of K90,000, from the current rates of K250 to K50,000. […]

Myanmar spends $1.8 bln on import of CMP raw materials

Myanmar’s imports of raw materials used by CMP (cut-make-pack) businesses exceeded US$1.8 billion between October and July in the present Fiscal Year 2018-2019, up by over $298 million from the year-ago period, the Ministry of Commerce reported this Friday. At this time last 2017-2018 FY, Myanmar spent $1.5 billion on importing CMP raw materials from […]

US soybean planting experiment scheduled

The Ministry of Commerce will grow high-yielding US soybeans in Shan State’s Nawngcho township as an experiment prior to introducing more widespread planting of the crop. The ministry’s deputy director-general for consumer affairs U Aung Maun said native soybean species produce between 12 and 20 baskets per acre compared to US species, which can produce […]

Draft law to create trade authority, empower commerce ministry

The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has drafted a law to establish a trade development body made up entirely of cabinet ministers and empower the new authority and MoC to issue lists of restricted items and non-tariff regulations. The legislation is expected to be approved by parliament within this year and the drafting was supported by […]

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 […]

Interest in retail, wholesale sector continues unabated

Two years after the Myanmar Investment Commission’s announcement, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has permitted nine wholly foreign retail and wholesale providers to operate in the country. These include investors from Japan, Thailand, US, Singapore, and the Netherlands. The nine non-Myanmar companies are able to secure a green light from the authorities since the government […]

Govt allows foreign companies to export rice, other commodities

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) will now allow foreign and joint venture companies to export specific food and commodity items, according to Notification 24/2019 released on June 6. Foreign companies with recommendations from relevant ministries can buy the commodities from local producers will be issued licenses to export the goods. The aim is to raise […]

Export revenue from Muse border trade drops by US$600m

Myanmar recently launched its updated National Export Strategy for the next five years. The Ministry of Commerce will be adding fruits and vegetables, gems and jewellery, handicrafts, processed food products and digital businesses as potential export sectors. But the government must first address leakages occurring at the border that result in lower than optimal export […]

Locals call for more regulation in retail sector

As foreign retailers enter the domestic market, the government should work to ensure a level playing field, said local retailers. During the Private Sector Development Committee meeting with President U Myint Swe on April 27, Daw Su Hlaing , Secretry of Myanmar Retailers Association, voiced concern for the survival of local retailers in the face […]