Rice transporters avoid flooded roads with Ayeyawady River route

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Workers unloading rice bags from the vehicle.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

Heavy monsoon rains have flooded northern roads, leading rice transporters to take the unusual step of using the Ayeyawady River from Mandalay to Bahmo, about 50 miles from the Chinese border.
“Rice from Mandalay Region can be sent only to Muse, but not to China because of flooding of the Shwli River,” said U Min Htet Aung, a rice merchant from Mandalay Region.
“Rice merchants are using the Ayeyawady River route to save transportation charges. Previously, the rice transportation costs over Ks100,000 per ton.
But now, rice transportation costs only Ks70,000 per ton.”
Rice exports to China have declined due to tougher Chinese border controls and a weaker yuan.
“The rice market is still cool. Also, rice exports via sea routes is better than trade at the border,” said U Kyaw Naing, another local rice merchant. “Emata rice is selling well.” — Zar Lin Thu (AMIA)

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