Tight security measures at Kyin San Kyawt and Mang Weing checkpoints on Myanmar-China border have resulted in a slowdown in the entry/exit process and a hundred of trucks queuing up at the checkpoint, fruit traders said.
During the previous weeks, around 100 trucks of watermelons and muskmelons could pass through Kyin San Kyawt border checkpoint. The inspection at China’s checkpoint takes longer for drivers beginning from 16 November, and only 50 trucks can enter border crossing. If around 200 watermelon/muskmelon trucks enter the Muse land border, the traffic congestion will worsen. Muse depot traffic control is monitoring the trucks at its upmost, said the owner of Khwar Nyo Fruit Depot.
The prices of watermelon move in the range of 4,500-6,000 Yuan per tonne on 17 November, while muskmelon is priced 4,000-5,800 Yuan per tonne.
The COVID-19 resurgence in Myanmar directly affected the border trade, and some truck drivers have tested positive for the coronavirus. As China is tightening the border security to contain the spread of COVID-19, it caused the delay in trade.
Earlier, trading was conducted in Muse border. The COVID-19 conditions blocked Chinese traders to come. As China has been stepping up border control measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the driver substitution policy has been exercised on Muse, Mang Weing and Kyalgaung border route, said chair of Muse-Namkham Chamber of Commerce.
Myanmar exports more than 800,000 tonnes of watermelons and 150,000 tonnes of muskmelons every year. — Ko Htet (Translated by Ei Myat Mon)