Last-batch rice vessel departs for Bangladesh from Pathein Port

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Rice bags are loaded onto the MCL-7 vessel at Pathein Port. Photo : Kanu

Myanmar plans to export a total of 200,000 tonnes of rice to Bangladesh under a G-to-G agreement. A total of 30,000-tonne rice shipment was directly made by the Ayeyawady International Industrial Port (AIIP) in Pathein of Ayeyawady Region starting 2 November and the last ship MCL-7 ship left for Bangladesh on 13 January. A total of 30,000 tonnes of direct rice export from Pathein to Bangladesh is the very first for the country and the direct shipment can save the transport charges for the companies and also crate business potentials and job opportunities to local rice millers.
“For 30,000 tonnes of rice export from Pathein port, the final ship left. The export will continue after another G-to-G pact. The current direct export can make profits for the businesses and earn taxes for the country. The larger the export, the better it is for the farmers,” said U Tun Tun, deputy director of the Consumer Affairs Department of Ayeyawady Region.
Under the bilateral agreement for 200,000 tonnes of rice, it exported 30,000 tonnes from AIIP while the remaining rice from Sule, Thilawa, Shwepyitha and Sittway ports. Like the MCL-7 ship, the MCL-11 rice ship left from Sittway port on the same day. The last ATN Glory foreign vessel of 200,000 tonnes of foreign rice export will also leave carrying 21,000 tonnes of rice soon, according to Myanma Port Authority
According to MoU, the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) and the Directorate General of Food of Bangladesh made Sales Contract to export 200,000 tonnes of Emahta rice. The export will complete after the departure of the ATN Glory vessel from Sule jetty. Myanmar and Bangladesh inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on rice trade in September 2022. According to this MoU, Bangladesh has agreed to buy 250,000 tonnes of white rice and 50,000 tonnes of parboiled rice from Myanmar between 2022 and 2027. — Nyein Thu (MNA)/KTZH

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