By Nyein Nyein
The driver substitution system by China causes a delay in Muse and China border trade, prompting Muse Highway Freight Forwarders Association to call for a normal entry permit. China has been stepping up border control measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Since April, the trucks have been waiting in long queues in Muse and Kyalgaung due to the driver substitution policy.
“The traffic congestion has worsened after the driver substitution system is practised,” said U Win Aung Khant, president of Muse Highway Freight Forwarders Association.
To ease the traffic, the association has requested to get normal entry permit to Myanmar drivers, extend the capacity of borders between the two countries, and reduce inspection time in China and unnecessary red tapes, he added. “We need to enter Kyalgaung border with our own drivers as the driver substitution system by China caused delays in trade,” he continued. Earlier, about 250 trucks daily entered Kyalgaung border through Muse. Now, only 150 trucks are seen due to traffic congestion.
Previously, it took only three to four days from Muse’s Mang Weing border to China’s Kyalgaung. Now, it takes 10 to 12 days.
Similarly, the return trip from Kyalgaung took about 7 to 8 days, whereas it took only one day before that, the association stated.
At present, the traffic delay resulted in unnecessary loss and hiked truck charges. China’s demand on Myanmar agro products are dropping, U Win Aung Khant explained. The association wants the governments of two countries to negotiate effectively the border trade. Last 8 June, Union Minister Dr Than Myint of the Ministry of Commerce met with a delegation led by China’s ambassador Mr Chen Hai to Myanmar, in order to effectuate the development of bilateral trade relations. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)