Myanmar Traders Brace for Another Hit as China Closes Key Customs Gate Due to COVID-19

YANGON—Traders at Myanmar’s largest border crossing with China, in Shan State’s Muse, are expecting border trade to take another serious blow following China’s decision to shut a crucial customs gate to curb the spread of COVID-19. On Tuesday, authorities in Ruili, the town across the border from Muse in China’s Yunnan Province, imposed a lockdown […]

Collapse in Myanmar Seafood Exports Puts 1 Million Jobs At Risk

About 1 million people may lose their jobs in Myanmar’s fisheries industry, with almost all exports ceasing since February as the spread of Covid-19 prompted major buyers, led by China and the U.S., to halt orders. Processing plants wouldn’t have been able to deliver anyway, as factory closures were part of the government’s measures to […]

Titans of Thai Fishing Collaborate to Tackle Slavery

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand—Daw Zin Mar was a housewife in Bago Region when she saw an advertisement for a job at Thai Union Group, a global seafood supplier and the world’s biggest producer of tuna. The 44-year-old paid a local recruitment agency about 4,300 Thai baht (212,750 kyats, or US$140)—less than half the sum that most […]

EU green lights aquaculture imports from Myanmar

The EU has approved the import of aquaculture products from Myanmar, in a move that has been welcomed by aquaculture producers in the Southeast Asian country. “It’s a great accomplishment for the EU projects/people that have been working hard for the past years to make this happen,” said Jonah van Beijnen, an aquaculture expert closely […]

The export market potential for Myanmar’s seafood bounty

A leading player in Myanmar’s seafood sector tells Mizzima Business Weekly he’s optimistic about the industry’s export potential if constraints can be overcome. Few countries can boast crab so plentiful that it is sold as a cheap street food snack. But despite Myanmar’s abundance of seafood, in terms of availability and comparable affordability, the sector […]

Myanmar seafood export to rise

Myanmar’s seafood export is expected to rise this year as the European Union (EU) is implementing a plan to import farmed seafood products from Myanmar following its removal of trade sanction on the country, official media reported Monday. The EU’s planned import of Myanmar’s seafood would help the country boost seafood export, said the New […]