Myanmar’s foreign trade soars to $10.45 bln as of 22 July

MYANMAR’s external trade between 1 April and 22 July of the 2022-2023 Financial Year (FY) tremendously rose to US$10.45 billion, reflecting a sharp increase of $2.066 billion as against the year-ago period, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
The figures surged from $8.386 billion in the corresponding period last year.
Myanmar’s export was worth over $5.203 billion whereas, the country’s import was valued at $5.25 billion over the past two months.
The border trade dropped owing to the red tape and China’s strict virus rules, with a decrease of $191.45 million as against the year-ago period. However, the maritime trade registered a significant rise of $2.257 billion in nearly four months.
Myanmar exports agricultural products, animal products, minerals, forest products, and finished industrial goods, while it imports capital goods, raw industrial materials, and consumer goods.
The country’s export sector relies more on the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The Ministry of Commerce is focusing on reducing the trade deficit, export promotion, import substitution and market diversification.
The external trade stood at $15.5 billion in the past mini-budget 2021-2022 (October-March) period and $29.58 billion in the 2020-2021FY as per the Commerce Ministry’s statistics. — KK/GNLM

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