August 18, 2018
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Illegal goods seized are only a small fraction: Minister

  • Category: Trade

On August 22, the Minister of Commerce informed the Union Parliament that only a small percentage of illegal goods have been seized so far in spite of the government's effort to check illegal trading.

U Win Myit, the Minister of Commerce said that the most illegal goods enter Myanmar from Thailand and China. He explained that a comparative analysis of Myanmar's record of trade volume with other countries can identify illegally imported commodities.  

For example, if the amount of commodities imported to Myanmar and the official Thai statistics are compared, there is a huge difference in the official Myanmar statistics.

He revealed that the difference between Myanmar and neighboring countries’ record of border trade volume at Myawaddy border trade point alone is worth $82 million per annum.

The government's process of inspecting illegal traders and Mobile Inspection Teams is not effective in controlling illegal trading.

He explained to the MPs that some of the government departments are hand in glove with businessmen in taking advantage of the government’s liberalization. They are trading illegally without paying taxes.

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