Over 400 trucks stuck in Kyinsankyawt-Muse road part permitted to enter China side

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Following the detection of the COVID-19 cases in recent days, the short-haul drivers were isolated for two days and the disinfecting activities were carried out. The China-Myanmar cross-border Kyinsankyawt post was temporarily shut down between 2 and 12 March 2022.

China-Myanmar cross-border Kyinsankyawt post, after a temporary closure following the detection of the coronavirus, resumed its trade from 12 March and over 400 trucks stuck in Kyinsankyawt and Muse 105th-mile are given the green light for exports to China as per the health guidelines for the coronavirus, said U Min Thein, vice-chair of the Muse Rice Wholesale Centre.
Following the detection of the COVID-19 cases in recent days, the short-haul drivers were isolated for two days and the disinfecting activities were carried out. The China-Myanmar cross-border Kyinsankyawt post was temporarily shut down between 2 and 12 March 2022.
“The closure of the post negatively affected the watermelon, muskmelon, pumpkin, chilli, onion, rice and broken rice, rubber and other commodity trucks. More than 400 trucks were stranded in that road part for about a dozen days. Consequently, we asked the traders in lower Myanmar to halt for a while. Some trucks are stopped at 16 miles on Mandalay highway, while some have stayed on Lashio’s outer ring road. China gave the go-ahead to over 400 trucks along with Muse and Kyinsankyawt road parts in the afternoon of 12 March. They are delivered the goods in line with the COVID-19 protocol,” U Min Thein elaborated.
Of 400 trucks, trucks loaded with those perishable goods are prioritized to pass the checkpoint, he added.
Additionally, the freight forwarders in lower Myanmar do not need to rush the transport and they have to carefully consider the supply and cross-border trade situation, said U Sai Khin Maung from the Khwanyo Fruit Trade Depot.
China shut down all the checkpoints linking to the Muse border amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the checkpoints, Kyinsankyawt has resumed trading activity from 26 November on a trial run. Myanmar daily delivers rubber, various beans and pulses, dried plum, watermelon, muskmelon, pumpkin and other food commodities to China through Kyinsankyawt and construction materials, electrical appliances, household goods and industrial raw materials are imported into the country. — NN/GNLM

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