Trading resume in Maungtaw after repair of broken dock in Bangladesh

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Workers load sacks of rice into a boat at Maungtaw Border Trade Station. Photo: A One Soe

Trade across Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh has resumed after a dock structure in Bangladesh was repaired yesterday.
“Trading boats didn’t return to Maungtaw side yesterday and there were some delays in Maungtaw. The dock was broken for a short time only as repair was immediately conducted and trade resumed normally today” said U Tun Kyaw, the Staff officer of Maungtaw border trade station.
U Khin Maung, a trader from Sittway said “Boat departure was halted for a day after hearing about the broken dock but when it was repaired and normal trade has resumed. We mainly export ginger, rice, plum, dried plum and turmeric.” U Khin Maung said that the sailing time is about 10 hours from Sittway and weather conditions need to be observed before crossing the sea.
It only takes about two hours to cross the Naf River into Bangladesh from Maungtaw border trade station.
In July of fiscal year 2016-2017 trade value exported from Maungtaw border trade station was about US$470,000. During the same period this year trade value exported was $1.32 million, an increase of $850,000.—A One Soe, Myo Thu Hein

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