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A total of 1,131 product lines, including dyes, machinery and equipment, were classified as third-tier goods lines for import application

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has issued a press release (5/2022) announcing that 1131 product lines, including machinery and equipment, have been classified as the third level of goods to be applied for import. In order to regulate some imported goods under the import license system, some commodity lines are required to apply for import licenses. Lines 826 and 141 were issued in the Import and Export Newsletter (18/2021), (1/2022) and (2/2022) respectively.

Now the third step is yeast. General food Pet food Dyes, raw materials, soaps, varnishes, general chemicals, Leather raw materials; Nylon All kinds of ropes; All kinds of machines and equipments, electric motors, According to the 2017 Customs Tariff of Myanmar, which covers products such as generators, electronics and its accessories, 536 lines with HS Code 6 Digit or 1131 lines with HS Code 10 Digit have been added as import lines from May 1, 2022.

Therefore, according to the Notification No. 68/2020 issued on 22.10.2020, 3931 product lines with HS Code 10 Digit required to apply for import license; HS Code 10 Digit issued by Newsletter (18/2021) with 3070 product lines; HS Code 10 Digit issued by Newsletter (1/2022) 826 product lines; Attach H. including 141 product lines with HS Code 10 Digit issued by Newsletter (2/2022). 

The goods specified in the S Code are the goods lines that need to apply for an import license, and any of the goods lines that need to apply for a license under paragraph (2) above can be imported from overseas. Importing from air and border trade routes will be allowed from May 1, 2022 only after applying for an import license in accordance with the procedures. In order to regulate some imported goods under the import license system, some commodity lines are required to apply for import licenses. Some basic plastic products and some home appliances; Textile All kinds of glassware; According to the 2017 Customs Tariff of Myanmar, which includes bicycles and car parts, 451 product lines or H. with HS Code 6 Digit.

Source: Daily Eleven

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Announcement of Online e-Visa Reopening

  1. The Ministry of Immigration and Population launched the e-Visa Website (evisa.moip.gov.mm) on 1 September 2014. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation and rapid increase of COVID-19 cases around the globe, there has been a temporary suspension for all new e-Visa applications since 20 March 2020, 23:59 Myanmar Standard Time (GMT +6:30).
  2. At present, the COVID-19 diagnosis confirmed rate and infection rate have dropped. In support of the economic development of the State, the Online e-Visa system will reopen on 1 April 2022 for business visa applications in accordance with the COVID-19 rules and regulations of the Ministry of Health.
  3. Requirements for the application for Online e-Visa (Business) will be available at the Ministry’s website https://evisa.moip.gov.mm.

Ministry of Immigration and Population

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar

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Feasibility Stuty (F / S) is being planned to expand the Mandalay suburban ring road and the suburban subway line

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, a Feasibility Stuty-F / S Working Committee has been set up to expand the Mandalay suburban ring road and subway system.
Feasibility Study (F / S) Working Committee for Expansion of Metropolitan Railway and Metropolitan Subway. The working committee will study the map development based on the urban development of Mandalay and the information and reports received from the relevant departments in the city, and will develop underground and suburban railways and related railway facilities in accordance with the future urbanization.

Under the guidance of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the relevant departments will coordinate and coordinate under the supervision of Mandalay Region Government and Mandalay City Development Committee. In addition, the main purpose is to facilitate public transportation in the city. Coordinating meetings to coordinate possible route plans for subway operational conditions; Coordinating the relevant departments in conducting field survey studies to continue the feasibility study (F / S) within three months from the date set. The working committee will also report to the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Mandalay Region government on the status of operations.

The Feasibility Study (F / S) Working Committee for the Expansion of the Mandalay Suburban Railway and the Metropolitan Subway will be chaired by the General Manager (Urban) of Myanmar Railways. Region Director, Department of Land Management and Statistics, Region; Regional Director, Department of Transport Planning; Regional Director, Road Transport Directorate; Chief Executive Officer, Mandalay Electric Power Corporation, Head of Mandalay City Development Committee, Urban Planning and Land Management Division, Head of Building and Factory Division Head of Department, Roads and Bridges.

The Commanding Officer (Second Class) from the Headquarters of the Special Construction Operations Command will act as a member. The Secretary-General of the Working Committee will be the Assistant General Manager (Urban) of Myanmar Railways and the Joint Secretary will be the Assistant General Manager (Urban) of Myanmar Railways. The Ministry of Transport and Communications has issued a Notification No. (5/2022) to form a Feasibility Stuty-F / S Working Committee to expand the Mandalay suburban ring road and subway system.

Source: Daily Eleven

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Hundreds of thousands of kyats were lost in Myanmar exports due to the suspension of traffic on Myawaddy Dawna Taung Kyaw Road

Hundreds of thousands of Myanmar have lost their livelihoods since the March 27 halt on the Myawaddy-Dona-Taung-Kyaw Road, an important trade route on the Burma-Thailand border, according to border traders. More than 1,000 small and large vehicles, including passenger cars, were stopped on March 27 while transporting goods to and through Thailand through the Myawaddy border trade point, which trades most with Thailand.

According to a border trader, the shootings at the border trade route cause hundreds of thousands of damage to Burmese agricultural products every day. Myanmar agricultural products from Myawaddy to Thailand, such as raw peppers, peanuts and onions, cannot be stored for long. Onions are shipped to Vietnam and Laos.

Myanmar maize crop is also unaffordable and the Thai market is understaffed. Imports of soft drinks and foodstuffs to the domestic market were reduced two months ago due to restrictions on imports, but imports of steel, tin, cement and other urgent necessities were reduced. Traffic on the Dona Taung Kyaw trade route, which carries about 300 trucks daily, has been suspended since March 27 and is awaiting reopening.

Source: Daily Eleven

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By March 2022, more than 40 vessels of international shipping lines are scheduled to enter Yangon ports, and more than 40 ships have already arrived

By March 2022, a total of 50 container vessels of international shipping lines are scheduled to enter Yangon ports, and more than 40 vessels have already arrived. In January and February 2022, a total of 97 container vessels from 13 international shipping lines entered Yangon ports, according to data released by the Myanmar Ports Authority. In January 2022, 49 container vessels of 13 shipping lines will be deployed at Yangon ports to increase imports to meet domestic demand. In February, 48 container vessels from 13 shipping lines arrived. According to data released by the Myanmar Ports Authority, it is planned to expand the services of various container carriers in order to increase open season exports and increase imports according to domestic demand.

More international container vessels and general cargo ships have arrived at Yangon ports since May 2021, handling more than 11,000 containers and 115,000 metric tons of general cargo, according to the Myanmar Ports Authority. Shipments and cargo handling have risen since May, handling more than 11,000 containers and 115,000 metric tons of general cargo. From June to the end of November, more than 40 container vessels entered the country. Maersk Line Myanmar (Sealand Maersk) has launched three new container vessels since 2021 to meet the needs of the maritime trade. The new ships launched by Maersk Line Myanmar are the Maersk Norberg, Maersk Narvik and Maersk Nesna. 

Of the three ships, the Maersk Norberg will dock at MITT and MIP ports, and the Launching Ceremony was held on June 10, 2021 at MIP Port. The three new vessels will have a capacity of 1,750 TEU 21,000 metric tons (9.5 meters in depth) and were built specifically for the Myanmar market. With the expansion of these new container vessels, there will be enough space & equipment for exports and shipments will not have to wait for a booking. The discovery of a new waterway on the Yangon River has allowed international vessels to enter and leave the port of Thilawa, which has been allowed to increase its restriction. According to a statement from the Myanmar Ports Authority, 152 ships carrying more than 30,000 tonnes entered Rangoon port and Thilawa port within five months of the new tide restrictions being extended due to the discovery of a new waterway on the Yangon River.

Source: Daily Eleven

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Yepokegyi Village, a potential tourist destination in the future

Yepokegyi Village in Pwintbyu Township, Magway Region, has become famous for its children who preserve the traditional San-yit-wine hairstyle (a style of hairdo with a top knot and a circular fringe). Children in this village, both boys and girls, traditionally keeps this hairstyle from five years of age until they become fifteen or sixteen.

The name “Yepokegyi” is derived from “Yezalokegyi” which refers to the lake in the form of a bird’s crop located on the east side of the village. The village is eight miles from Shauktaw Village and can be accessed within a 25-minute drive from Pwintbyu. Despite the improved village roads, expansion of schools and the rising standard of living, children are retaining their cultural heritage, the hairdo, which are attracting more and more tourists.

The village is now home to more than 700 residents with the San-yit-wine hairstyle out of the 3,400 total population, according to U Lu Win, the village administrator. The elders of the village said that this traditional hairdo has been kept in Yepokegyi village for about 200 years. Due to the beauty of the lake, the village monastery, smooth roads, young women fetching water and weaving, it is going to be a tourist destination for photographers, painters and tourists who are looking for this kind of cultural characteristics. 

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Gold trading volume data collected under guidance of steering committee

Under the guidance of the Monitoring and Steering Committee on Gold and Currency Market, the gold trading volume data is being collected, said Chair U Myo Myint of the Yangon Region Gold Entrepreneurs Association (YGEA). The data of the trading volume of the gold and jewellery shops in the Yangon Region and the association’s trading data have to be reported to the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).

The committee held a meeting on 12 March and the deputy governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar directed us to collect the actual trading figure of the gold trading in the region, whether it is export to India or Thailand or anywhere else. If the trading data is compiled, the officials concerned will take necessary measures to enhance the gold market to meet the international standard, U Myo Myint elaborated. There is no accurate data on gold exports, he added.

The officials of the committee, subcommittee, Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association and YGEA discussed matters regarding gold trading and export market data on 11 March 2022. The meeting highlighted matters concerning the gold production condition, trading situations, export and domestic trading data, formation of separate teams to conduct the inspection tour to set the standards in line with the international criteria, determining the duties and responsibilities of the pricing, inspecting the trading situations of the importers and exporters along with the related financial institutions and other coordination matters in respect of the subcommittees. 

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Agricultural export value down by nearly 20 per cent as of 18 March

Cross-border restrictions between Myanmar and major top importing country China resulted in nearly 20 per cent drop of agricultural export group over the past five and a half months, according to the statistics released by the Customs Department. The value of agricultural exports shrank to US$2.17 billion as of 18 March in the current mini-budget period (Oct 2021-March 2022), indicating a significant drop of $541.3 million as against the year ago period. The agricultural exports topped $2.7 billion in the corresponding period of the 2020-2021 FY.

Following the closure of Sino-Myanmar border posts triggered by COVID-19 impacts and changes in China’s Customs regulations, the export sees a drastic drop in agriculture sector this year. At present, some border posts are operating trade activities on a trial run. Myanmar agricultural products are primarily exported to China, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka. The country requires specific export plans for each agricultural product, as they are currently exported to external markets based upon supply and demand.

The G to G pact also ensures the strong market for the farmers. Contract farming systems, involvement of region and state agriculture departments, exporters, traders, and some grower groups, are required in order to meet production targets, the Agriculture Department stated. The Commerce Ministry is endeavouring to help farmers deal with challenges such as high input costs, procurement of quality seeds, high cultivation costs, and erratic weather conditions. The agricultural exports jumped to $4.6 billion last financial year 2020-2021, despite the downward trend in other export groups.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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MoI discusses reopening cinemas

Union Minister for Information U Maung Maung Ohn presided over a virtual coordination meeting on the reopening of cinemas, in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. First, the Union Minister said despite the modernization of the internet trend, cinemas still exist in every country and some are paying more attention to the cinemas. The role of cinemas will continue to flourish in the future due to the sound system and greatness provided by the cinema. The arts can offer pleasant feelings and entertainment and the activities of artistes can lure the interest of the public. As people emulate the artistes they love and so the role of artistes is in direct contact with the people. The Prime Minister recognizes the artistes as talented persons and professionals and also prioritizes the film industry.

A total of 121 cinemas — 27 State-owned cinemas run by the Information and Public Relations Department, and 94 of the cinemas sold permanently to the private, have been supervised by the region/state governments after the management of these cinemas were handed over to the respective region and state governments starting 2 July 2018 under the 2008 Constitution and the operation completed on 24 May 2021. The ministry also coordinated with the respective region and state governments including Nay Pyi Taw Council to take action against the buyers of 69 cinemas out of 94 cinemas as per the terms and conditions of the contracts.

The State Administration Council Chairman also instructed officials to take serious actions against the cinemas out of 94 sold permanently to the private if they do not show films according to the rules and regulations at the SAC Management Committee Meeting (3/2021) held on 11 March 2021. The SAC Chairman gave directives not to permit the running of other businesses at the cinemas without showing the movies and strictly to supervise the filming in line with the terms and conditions of the contracts. The films are the supportive measure to motivate the public and country. The artistes are also should be encouraged as they offer motivation to the country. The Union minister also highlighted the words of the SAC Chairman regarding the film industry development including the measures to return to the government if the operations do not run properly.

According to the replies of the region and state governments, of 94 cinemas, 25 were suspended the operations due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and among the remaining 69 cinemas, 10 are being constructed so far, 16 under the renovation while 43 do not run the operation at all. He then talked about the importance of film industry development in showing the culture and characteristics of the country to the world and the emergence of proper cinemas for the film producers to receive incomes through their investment. He then expressed the cooperation works with the artistes from different fields, the increase in screening movies between 2013 and 2021, development in film making industry from 2013 and 2019 and the highest numbers of movies screened at the cinemas in 2019. He added that the cinemas will be resumed on 17 April (Myanmar New Year Day) and the efforts of individual business people will support the whole industry as well as the economic objectives of the government. Then, the attendees to the meeting coordinated the discussion. Finally, the Union minister stressed the necessary things and concluded the meeting. The cinemas will resume their operations for the good sakes of artistes, business sectors and the public starting 17 April (Myanmar New Year Day).

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Delays in applying for import licenses at Muse 105-mile border trade

At the Muse 105-mile border trade, delays in applying for import licenses for Chinese-imported goods have led to a link between the Bank of China and the Bank of Myanmar, which has made jurisdiction difficult for traders and traders, according to traders. “To bring Judy,” he said. I have to apply for a license. It took a Fri time for the license to expire, so it was not possible to carry it. It has been almost a month since I was able to connect with the Chinese bank. I had to wait again to connect again. It’s a long time to tell if it’s okay yet. “When the Chinese side entered the Burmese side of the Qing Dynasty, it was not like before, but all kinds of problems started,” said Ko Toe Naing, a trader.

At the Muse 105 Mile, the jute license was reopened in December last year during the transition period from the beginning of the dollar payment to the kyat. Importers are still lagging behind in obtaining licenses due to difficulties in obtaining copies of documents from the Bank of China and the Chinese Customs. “From the first month of this year until now, The license was suspended at the end of last 12 months. Jute’s implementation has been delayed due to policy requirements and requirements. The current situation is not like the import of cars at Shwe Lwe In Stadium, but some warehouses are down. Some do not pay; Some go their own way. 

The Muse Namkham Chamber of Commerce did not even dare to present a real problem. If the goods are delayed, think of it as a loss, ”said a trader from Muse, 105 miles away. China and Myanmar are gradually shifting from Boder Trade to Normal Trade. In one move, changes in licensing and jute policy have led to difficulties in applying for import licenses and performing jute. There are a lot of imported cars at Kyin San Kyaw Shwe Lwe In Car Exchange and other car parks. Manibet (Chinese Customs Inspection Certificate) and which bank will transfer the value of the goods. The Chinese side will have to go to the bank legally with a bank transfer from the Myanmar government bank.

“The application for a Chinese import license is obvious,” he said. In the meanwhile, the price was too high and my arms and legs could not move. RMB exchange rate change It is very difficult to change the policy of the Ministry of the State. It would be good to settle the bank transfer letter. So I think it will be convenient for the imported cars that are stuck in Kyin San Kyaw, ”said a trader from Muse. “The Myanmar side demanded the withdrawal (item on the vehicle); The Chinese side could not provide the full details of the Manibet (Chinese Customs Inspection Certificate). They can only deliver most of the goods on board. Translated into English, they said they could not provide it. From the Myanmar side, it is difficult to apply for a license because of these. 

Due to the delay in importing and exporting goods due to the Shanting system, the one month given by the Burmese side does not work. The truck could not be reached immediately today with the jute applied for a license.  The truck could not get out immediately because we had to wait for the disinfection system to be started. This is also a problem. Some cars can be released in just over a month or two, but after a few days there is a change in policy. Commodity on this The meaning of the flow is stagnant. If these problems occur, traders will make the most of it, and the end result will be limited to the basic consumer, ”said Ko Naing, the owner of the gate.

Rice, broken rice, including rice being exported to China through the Muse-Wanding-Qingshan checkpoint on the Burma-China border. Green pepper Goods transported by refrigerated system; Fishery products; Exports to China have been temporarily restricted since March 15, with seven items, including daily necessities and foodstuffs, and a slight change in export licensing policy in Burma has also caused all kinds of problems for exporters. “In terms of exports, the situation is like a pipe trap,” he said. Under the current policy system, most rice and other agricultural products are no longer profitable. The cost is high. It’s hard to get to the bottom because you can no longer send the balance. 

China has long banned frozen meat and seafood. Of these, the biggest ones are rice, peppers are hit hard. The rest did not go. The peppers do not bite after a few days. This Shantin system is no longer suitable for them. Both sides requested complete documents, but both sides were incomplete. This is where Boder Trade comes in as a normal trade, which is a bit of a challenge. The Chinese side is also confused. It’s not easy for me to work on it because I’m experimenting. This is because a truck can carry a variety of goods. The gates are not the property of one merchant; I added three or four letters. In normal trade, each trader’s product is not difficult to apply for a license, but it is difficult for a monopoly trader, ”said Ko Than, a trader.

With the new policy and the direct exchange rate of the yuan, there are many difficulties for entrepreneurs to withdraw money. “China pays in yuan,” he said. The government bank transfers at a fixed rate. It is not issued in cash, it is typed in a bank book. I changed my personal account from company account. Only 510,000 personal accounts can be issued per week. There is a downside to that, especially if all this money can’t be withdrawn at once. If you have money in the bank, it is the biggest problem in the transaction. Exporters are also considering this, ”said Ko Than, a trader. Most traders in Muse Namkham say that officials need to re-evaluate the ministry’s liaison over such policy changes, and that traders are concerned that Sino-Burmese border trade will continue to falter if border trade difficulties arise.  

Source: Daily Eleven