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Myanmar court jails 9 people for timber smuggling

A local court sentenced nine people to 10 years in jail each for timber smuggling, an official of the Yangon Region Forestry Department said. They were found guilty of trying to smuggle out of the country 33 tonnes of teak and 163 tonnes of processed wood in 13 shipping containers at Myanmar International Port in […]

Invitation for Open Tender-Myanmar Timber Enterprise ; Deadline: 24th February 2020

1. MYANMA TIMBER ENTERPRISE WILL SELL TEAK & HARDWOOD ROUND LOGS AND SAWN TIMBERS BY OPEN TENDERS IN US DOLLARS. PARTICULARS OF THE OPEN TENDER SALES ARE AS FOLLOWS: (a) DATE & TIME – (20-2-2020) (09:00)A.M (EX-SITE) HARDWOOD LOG ONLY (21-2-2020) (09:00) A.M YANGON & EX-SITE TEAK/HARDWOOD (LOG AND CONVERSION) (24-2-2020) (12:00)Noon YANGON TEAK LOG […]

Govt sets target for current fiscal year’s timber sales

The government has set a target of earning US$129 million (K192.9 billion) from the combined sales of teak and hardwood for the current fiscal year, says U Khin Mung Kyi, deputy general manager of Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE). The target figure was due to lower income and reduced timber production in the previous fiscal year, […]

Invitation for Open Tender-Myanmar Timber Enterprise ; Deadline: 23 December 2019

Myanmar Timber Enterprise Export Marketing & Milling Department Invitation for Open Tender 1. Myanmar timber enterprise will sell teak ,hardwood round logs and sawn Timbers by open tenders in us dollars. Particulars of the open tender sales Are as follows: (a) Date & Time – (19-12-2019) (09:00)a.m. (ex-site/Yangon) hardwood log only (20-12-2019) (09:00)a.m. Yangon; ex-site […]

Timber production halved

The Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) will halve the annual limit for logging teak and hardwood from natural forests in 2019-20, producing just enough timber to meet production costs, U Ohn Win, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, said yesterday. He added that logging will be restricted to trees aged 30 years and above in […]

Myanmar to allow private plantations to export timber

The government will allow trees grown in plantations owned by the private sector and state-owned companies to be harvested for their timber and exported. Myanmar Timber Enterprise general manager U NyiNyi Tun confirmed to reporters on June 11 in Nay Pyi Taw that the government has decided to ease restrictions on exports for these timber […]

Gov’t Lifts Ban on Plantation Teak Exports

The Myanmar government will again allow the exportation of raw teak and timber from state and privately-owned plantations, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation deputy permanent secretary U Kyaw Zaw said, but a ban on raw teak and timber from natural forests will remain in place. U Kyaw Zaw said the decision was finalized […]

Illegal charcoal trade threatens Myanmar’s remaining mangroves

Mangroves from Myanmar are illegally harvested and converted into charcoal that is sent to Thailand before it’s sold to China, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia by sea. The depletion of mangroves in southern Myanmar is impacting local fisheries near the island villages. The illegal charcoal trade persists due to a lack of law enforcement […]

Enterprise to auction off timber in three regions

The government will auction off 5400 tonnes of logs and timber to small- and medium-sized businesses in Mandalay, Sagaing and Yangon regions in February. The state-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise announced the auction at an event organised by Mandalay’s Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Mandalay on Wednesday. “I cannot say what will happen in the […]

A Close-Up Look at Mergui Archipelago’s Nascent Eco-Tourism Industry

With its pristine natural islands and Moken “sea gypsy” tribes—whose way of life is rapidly disappearing—the Mergui Archipelago has long held a special fascination as a travel destination for outsiders. Myeik town itself is famous for its pearl shops, edible-nest swiftlet, fish, shrimp and crab farms, as well its British colonial-era structures. A walk around […]