Illegal trade seizures worth over K65 billion logged in 2022

The picture shows the seizure of 4,150 illegal of mangrove logs (approximated value of K830,000) in Pyapon Township, Ayeyawady Region.

Over 4,200 illegal trade seizures with an estimated value of more than K65 billion were made within a year, from January to December 2022.
State Administration Council Vice-Chairman Vice-Senior General Soe Win said at the work coordination meeting of the Illegal Trade Eradication Steering Committee on 18 January that illegal trade seizures in 2022 were valued at over K56 billion more than in 2021. In 2021, there were 2,240 cases of seizure with an estimated value of over K8 billion.
In carrying out the task of preventing illegal trade, it is more important for all those concerned to do their duty effectively under the law rather than just pretending to work to be able to present the report of seizures and for the staff on duty to collect taxes due to the state and not to be involved in bribery cases, the SAC Vice-Chairman added.
All kinds of timber, food products, mobile phone handsets, marine industry equipment, crude oil, chemicals, motorcars, motorcycles, fabric rolls, fish farm equipment, heavy machinery spare parts, household electrical appliances, gaming heavy machinery, marble slabs, fuel oil and consumer goods are being arrested almost every day. — TWA/CT

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