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Illegal trade takes a heavy toll on country’s economy

Smuggling and illegal trade continue to be a major problems for the country’s economy, says the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI). According to the Business Sentiment Survey issued by UMFCCI in May, illegal trade stands at sixth among the top 10 issues hampering the country’s economy. The survey was […]

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 […]

Border zone with China to go ahead

An approval regarding the location of the proposed China-Myanmar border economic zone will be given “soon”, assistant secretary U Khin Maung Lwin from the Ministry of Commerce told The Myanmar Times. The discussions were carried out last week by the implementation body with priority made between Kachin and Shan states as they share the border […]

Gold exports now permitted in Myanmar

Gold and gold jewelry and accessories have been legally cleared for import and export, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Monday. Traders will now be able to sell gold, which is mined as a natural resource in Myanmar, to buyers overseas. The move is the first step in a government effort to establish a legal […]

Need to reduce consumption rises as fuel imports surge

As fuel can be imported freely from overseas, the volume and value of fuel imports into Myanmar is expected to rise this year compared to last year, U Khin Maung Lwin, Assistant Secretary from the Ministry of Commerce, told The Myanmar Times. “Gasoline has been allowed to be imported regularly into Myanmar. As the private […]

Export earnings from natural gas on the rise

Up to early September, Myanmar’s export earnings from natural gas exceeded US$1.2 billion, up nearly $7.986 million from the same period last year, according to the commerce ministry. U Khin Maung Lwin, the ministry’s assistant permanent secretary said: “Export earnings reached $1.233 billion. Last year, they exceeded $1.226 billion. This is due to an increase […]

Gold Traders Mull Over Plans to Set up Gold Exchange

The gold industry and the government agreed, in principle, to establish a gold exchange under then-president U Thein Sein’s tenure. Over the last year, the National League for Democracy-led government and industry associations have been seeking to set up an exchange market where gold and metal could be freely traded in one place. In the […]

India’s policy change on pea imports impacts Myanmar

Severe restrictions announced recently by India limiting the amount of pea products from Myanmar has quickly and adversely affected the local pulses market, officials said yesterday. On Monday, India capped imports of mung beans and green mung beans (pigeon peas) at only 300,000 tons, after the prices of the pulses plummeted due to record production. […]

Domestic Cement Production Reduces Imports This FY

New foreign competitors in the domestic cement industry have reduced demand this fiscal year for more expensive cement imports into Myanmar, according to a report on Wednesday in Myawady Daily newspaper. Import volume of cement in the past two months declined 60 per cent compared to the same period last year, said U Khin Maung […]

Foreign Firms Allowed to Import Agricultural, Medical and Construction Materials

The import of seeds, fertilisers, hospital equipment and building materials by foreign businesses will soon be permitted for the first time, U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary from Ministry of Commerce, told The Myanmar Times. Procedures to permit non-Myanmar firms to trade agricultural products and building materials have been ongoing, and negotiations with related ministries are […]