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Prompt transport of live aquatic animals important to market sustainability

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GNLM File photo: Workers sort crabs at the market in Myeik, Taninthayi Region.

Prompt transport of foreign marketable live maritime animals is important to market sustainability.
In the third wave of COVID-19, Myanmar exported its marine products to foreign countries via sea route. However, the live aquatic animals are needed to reach the export market within 24 hours and it is being shipped by regional countries by the air route. If the live aquatic animals will be exported by the charter flight, the cost will be ranging between US$38,000 or $40,000 per 11 tonnes. Some local businessmen have also struggled in the transport sector because the flights are not being able to fly directly to the live aquatic marketable countries.
“We have aquatic products as well as export markets. In the third wave of COVID-19, there are difficulties in the transport sector. Although there is an export market with high demand for fishery products, we have difficulty exporting the live marine animals within 24 hours because there is a lack of direct airlines to those countries. The cost of renting the charter flight will be over $3,400 per tonne. We may also need a link to the banks. That is the reason why we are using the export of aquatic products via sea route to keep the market afloat,” said an official from Super Fresh Capital Hong Kong Co., Ltd. Myanmar’s live water-living animals such as fisheries, shrimp and crab are transported to Hong Kong and Taiwan through a live aquatic animal’s market in Guangzhou city, the People’s Republic of China.
Earlier, Myanmar exported 10 to 20 tonnes of marine animals alive per day due to the popularity of Myanmar fishery products. Now, it is also shipped the same volume of live maritime animals.
Fisheries, shrimp and crab are transported from Kawthoung to Yangon and then to the market country via flight. Earlier, the foreign marketable soft-shell crab, lobster, mantis shrimp, giant sea perch, eel, cuttlefish and winkle from Rakhine State, Taninthayi and Ayeyawady regions were directly transported to foreign markets through the Yangon region within 24 hours. — Nyein Thu (MNA)/GNLM

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