80,000 rice bags exported to China every week

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Workers loading the truck with sacks of rice. Photo: Phoe Khwar
Workers loading the truck with sacks of rice. Photo: Phoe Khwar
Workers loading the truck with sacks of rice. Photo: Phoe Khwar

About 80,000 rice bags are exported to China every week, with the certificates from China’s food safety inspection mechanism — the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Vice-Chair U Min Thein of Muse Rice Depot told the Global New Light of Myanmar on 14 May.
At present, the traders export the rice to China through borders, with the new AQSIQ certificates from the Agriculture Department. A 50-kilogramme rice bag is priced 135-140 Yuan, he continued.
“Rice trade is steadily going with the new certificates. About 80,000 rice bags are weekly supplied to Muse crossing. They have been inspected and received Phytosanitary certificate before entering the border”, he said.
Starting from 3 April, Myanmar’s rice could not be sent to China without an AQSIQ certificate issued by the Agriculture Department. As a result of this, about 50,000 sacks are stranded in Muse warehouses, while about 100,000 rice bags are remained struck in Kyalgaung area, for the lack of AQSIQ certificates.
The Agriculture Department has been testing about 50,000 rice sacks from warehouses in Muse, and they are soon to be certified, according to Muse rice depot.
However, rice stuck in Kyalgaung need to go back to Muse to seek a pest-free certificate for export, he stated.
“The inspection in Muse is undergoing. The officials cannot go and inspect the rice in Kyalgaung, so they have to return to Muse for inspection. The Agriculture Department cannot pass them without inspection”, he added.
Earlier, China accepted the pest-free certificate issued at the Muse border as of 31 May. Now, they will allow the rice bags with the certificates issued only by the Agriculture Department, according to Muse depot.
China must follow 10 facts embodied in Protocol on Plant Inspection and Quarantine Requirements for Exporting Rice from Myanmar to China, as per MoU.
The rice sacks which are currently exported to China is a portion of the export quota for May (50,000 tonnes of rice through border trade)
During the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Commerce set to export 100,000 tonnes of rice through sea trade and 50,000 tonnes through border trade to external markets. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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