By Nyein Nyein
Six Myanmar-Thailand borders will provide online service for traders in seeking Certificate of Origin (CO) starting from 1 September, according to the Trade Department under the Ministry of Commerce. Since May 2019, the Trade Department, which has CO issuing authority, has offered ten types of electronic CO Form to the certified traders. More than 70,000 CO forms have been published online as of August 2020.
Additionally, Electronic Certificate of Origin (ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement ATIGA (e-Form D) is exchanged through the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) and Myanmar is joining Live Operation to integrate National Single Window (NSW) of ASEAN Member States. Later on, data exchange will be carried out through ASW, the Trade Department stated. Besides Myawady, six more Myanmar-Thailand borders — Myeik, Kawthoung, Tachilek, Hteekhee, Maese and Mawtaung will commence online system to issue Form D for both maritime and border trade channels starting from 1 September. Myanmar is endeavouring to issue electronic CO including ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Agreement (Form AK), ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (Form AJ), ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (Form AANZ) and ASEAN-Hong Kong CO (Form AHK) shortly.
The exchange of CO will be tested through data verification platform with ASEAN member states soon. The Trade Department under the Ministry of Commerce has issued US$5.25 billion worth 15,362 import/export licences through an online platform in the past four months (April-July), to ensure smooth trade amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Commerce stated. The Ministry of Commerce launched the online service for export and import businesses, intending to reduce the person-to-person contact and mitigate the spread of the pandemic. (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)