Trade promotion meeting discusses challenges in Muse border

Muse-Namhkam Traders Association Chairman U Sai Non, officials from trade zone and traders attend the trade promotion meeting at 105-mile trade zone in Muse Township.  Photo: Thant Zin
Muse-Namhkam Traders Association Chairman U Sai Non, officials from trade zone and traders attend the trade promotion meeting at 105-mile trade zone in Muse Township.  Photo: Thant Zin

The 105-mile trade zone in Muse Township, Northern Shan State, exceeded its trade projections for the month of October by 114 per cent, said the zone’s Director U Nanda at a trade promotion meeting yesterday.
U Nanda said the trade zone performed over US$360 million for both exports and imports combined in the month of October. Tax Director U Nay Lin Aung also discussed levying taxes for transactions at the China-Myanmar border.
Meanwhile, the Muse-Namhkam Traders Association Chairman U Sai Non said there are challenges in acquiring passports to cross the China-Myanmar border and also for trading sugar. Lentils, Maize and Sesame Trade Centre Chairman U Hla Maung also said there challenges in trading their related products. He said China has already conducted pest examinations in 2016 and both countries have completed due processes but there is still no implementation of any nature.
A representative for a rice trading centre said rice trade is going smoothly compared to the difficulties on trading sugar. He said they have appealed to authorities to go to Chin Shwe Wah Bank deal with sugar cargo stranded in Muse border but it’s not possible at the moment. He said a price floor for products should be set at the border.
Highway Cargo Transportation Service Association Chairman U Win Aung Khant talked about Myanmar migrant workers in China being arrested for insufficient documents. He said an MoU for sending workers between Myanmar and China would make the situation safer. He said the definition for handsaws made by the Department of Environmental Conservation in 2016 is causing delays in applying licenses for commercial handsaws and sometimes requires getting a permit from the Forestry Department. He suggested for the relevant ministries to coordinate to reduce the amount of red tape in this simple process.
Muse District Agricultural Department Head Daw Nan Lwin Lwin Sein said they will discuss upon exporting their crops at higher prices at the bilateral meeting coming up in December. —Thant Zin (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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