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Fruit trucks wait in long queues amid tight security at Myanmar-China border gate


By Nyein Nyein

Security measures at Kyin San Kyawt gate on Myanmar-China border have resulted in hundreds of trucks queuing up at the checkpoint, said fruit traders.
“More than 200 trucks of watermelons and muskmelons pass through Kyin San Kyawt gate. The inspection at the gate takes longer for drivers holding a temporary border pass, except Chinese citizens holding a blue border pass and Myanmar citizens carrying Shan State census and red border pass,” said Sai Khin Maung from Khwar Nyo Fruit Depot.
“The drivers are inspected using fingerprint identification, face recognition technologies, ID, and Myanmar National Registration card. Each truck takes 10-15 minutes to pass through the gate. The security system has been adopted since two years. The red border pass is valid for up to one year, unlike temporary cards,” said Sai Khin Maung.
“China is currently allowing trucks to enter Kyin San Kyawt gate between 7-11 am and 1- 4:30 pm. As some of the trucks could not make it within that time, 175 trucks loaded with watermelons and muskmelons remain lined up at the gate. At present, more trucks are entering the gate. But, they are facing traffic congestion,” said Sai Khin Maung.
The demand for watermelons and muskmelons is declining in wake of COVID-19. Fruit traders have raised concerns over the degradation of fruit quality on account of the delay, said fruit traders.
Other routes apart from Kyin San Kyawt road pose hazards for truckers, said fruit traders.
“On account of traffic congestion, about 400 trucks, including watermelon trucks, are queued up since 28 February. Only 200 trucks can pass the gate per day,” said Sai Khin Maung.
Traders engaged in Muse trade have asked the government to ensure all regions are treated equally in issuance of passes, and red border passes be issued without discriminating against traders from regions and states than Shan State. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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