China imports honey from Muse border

Trucks seen at the 105-mile trade zone Muse, northern Shan State. Photo: Phoe Khwar
Trucks seen at the 105-mile trade zone Muse, northern Shan State. Photo: Phoe Khwar

China has been regularly importing honey from Myanmar on a weekly basis, mainly through the Muse (105th-Mile) trade zone, according to the border trade authorities.
The official figures show that the People’s Republic of China imported 60 tonnes of honey, valued at US$42,000, between 16 December and 22 December. The world’s most populous nation bought the same volume of honey in the previous week, ending 15 December.
Efforts are being made to ensure a healthy demand for Myanmar’s honey and its related valued-added products, and to penetrate the international market, according to domestic honey exporters. As part of the efforts to promote the country’s productivity, beekeepers have been provided with technical training in target villages in Shan State since 2013.
An exporter said that many international buyers were paying attention to the country’s organic honey, which has a good sales potential in the global market.
As of now, Myanmar is continuing to export honey to China, Japan, Thailand, Germany and Canada. According to official statistics, the country exported 2,400 tonnes of honey, worth $43.4 million, to overseas countries in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.—Shwe Khine

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