Myanmar’s Htikhee border carried out the largest trade among the Myanmar-Thailand border posts,
with an estimated value of US$254.92 million between 1 April and 13 May of the current financial year 2022-2023, according to Myanmar Customs Department. The figures soared from $118.995 million recorded in the year-ago period. There showed a significant increase of $135.9 million.
Exports of natural gas from Taninthayi Region contributed to the enormous increase in trade through the Htikhee border in the previous years, the Ministry of Commerce stated. The border trade between Myanmar and Thailand is conducted through the border areas—Myeik, Kawthoung, Tachilek, Myawady, Mawtaung, Htikhee and Meisei posts. Myawady border post witnessed a small decrease in trade value owing to the transportation difficulty triggered by the security concerns and extreme weather condition.
Myanmar primarily exports natural gas, fishery products, coal, tin concentrate (SN 71.58 per cent), coconut (fresh and dried), beans, corns and bamboo shoots to Thailand. It imports capital goods such as machinery, raw industrial goods such as cement and fertilizers, and consumer goods such as cosmetics and food products from the neighbouring country. Bilateral trade between Thailand and Myanmar through the Htikhee border in the past mini-budget period (Oct 2021-Mar 2022) touched a high of US$965.469 million.
Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar