Of the seven border trade points between Myanmar and Thailand, only the Tachilek gate witnessed a small decrease in trade in the current financial year 2018-2019. Trade at the Hteekhee border gate picked up dramatically, boosting the total trade figure.
Between 1 October and 30 November, border trade between Myanmar and Thailand totalled US$621.2 million. The figure has tripled from $206 million registered in the same period last year, according to data released by the Ministry of Commerce.
Normally, the Myawady gate sees the largest trade among the Myanmar-Thailand checkpoints. This year, trade at the Hteekhee gate rose tremendously, boostingthe total Myanmar-Thailand border trade value.
The value of trade stood at $9 million at Tachilek,$389.9 million at Hteekhee, $137.9 million at Myawady,$40.38 million at Myeik, $39.36 million at Kawthoung,$8.4 million at Maese, and $4.2 million at Mawtaung.
Myanmar primarily exports fishery products such as crab, fish, and shrimp, as well as onions, sesame, dry tea leaves, coconut, and turmeric to Thailand. It imports capital goods such as machinery, raw industrial goods such as cement and fertilizers, consumer goods such as cosmetics, and food products.
– Htet Myat
(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)