Border trade resumes after friendship bridges reopen

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Some trucks which are still using the old road for goods transportation.

Myawady is now normal again, and its border trade resumed as usual after two friendship bridges reopened, according to traders and residents.
No 1 Thailand-Myanmar Friendship Bridge connecting Thailand and Myawady reopened on 27 April after a close on 23 April, and No 2 Bridge reopened on 30 April after a close on 11 April.
“At present, No 2 Bridge has reopened, and the border trade has operated again as usual. Thailand goods enter Myanmar, and Myanmar goods enter Thailand. The supply of goods has now returned to normal. Myawady has returned to its original state and has been stable at present,” said an official from the Alinthit social welfare association.
A Myawady resident also confirmed that the town’s border trade has resumed as usual after the bridges reopened.
“Currently, the trade is regular again after the bridges have reopened. Asian Highway has still been blocked, so an alternative road has been used for border trade, and it has been about five months, he said.
Despite the fact that there are some transport delays and costs more as traders have to use an alternative approach for trading, it is expected that everything will be fine soon, said the association’s official. – MT/ZS/ED

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