Corn exports to Thailand via Mese border camp record high

Merchants check the goods at Mese broder camp.  Photo: Witt Yee (IPRD)
Merchants check the goods at Mese broder camp.  Photo: Witt Yee (IPRD)

The export to Thailand via Mese border camp of corn, yielded from Kayah State, is a record high, said camp in-charge U Soe Naing.
The market is in regular operation because the corns have been exported to Thailand through the Mese border camp since the beginning of this fiscal year. Myanmar exported 2,248.1 tons of corn, worth US$ 314,734 (one ton of corn =$140) from 7 to 29 February and 2,672.50 tons of corn, worth $374,150 from 1 to 18 March.
Although the demand for corn from China has declined, Myanmar has exported the corn, yielded from Kayah State and Pekon, Hsi Hseng, Moepyae from Shan state to Thailand via Mese border camp.
“Currently, the corn is sold for K 400 per viss. When we export to Thailand, the price of corn is K 475 per viss depending on the exchange rate in Thailand. Previously, the corns were sent only to the Yangon market. Now the Mese border camp is open and it can save time compared to sending of the corn to the Yangon market. Sometimes, however, the payment from Thailand traders is a bit delayed,” said a corn trader.
In the corn season, Myanmar exports corn to Thailand under the bilateral tax exemption. Each corn bag weighs 50 kilogrammes. The corn exported through the Mese border camp is cleaned with the machines in Thailand. Then, Thailand re-exported it to the international market.
The corns, exported to the Thai market, were loaded onto the trucks in Mese BP 13 border crossing. When they load the corn bags, they have to pay K 100-K150 per bag to the freight handlers. So, the local residents from Nam Man village are earning K 15,000 per day.—Witt Yee (IPRD) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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