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Mawtaung-Singkhorn border between Myanmar and Thailand reopened

The Mawtaung-Singkhorn land border between Myanmar and Thailand in Taninthayi Region was reopened on 2 August. Officials of the two countries discussed and reopened the Mawtaung-Singkhorn land border only for trade purpose. They still stop the entry and exit for people through the border crossing. It takes only three hours to get to Mawtaung from Myeik.

There is not as much loss in exporting the marine products via that border post as via the Kawthoung route, truck driver U Hla Aung Myint said. Due to clashes near Taninthayi township, the border checkpoint has been closed since April and the authorities of two countries discussed to reopen it now.

The closure of the Mawtaung- Singkhorn border that mainly exports marine products to the fish auction market in Maha Chaing of Thailand led some businesses to suspend temporarily and local fishermen faced hardships and losses, said Ko Tin Lun, a marine products exporter. According to the COVID-19 health rules and statements of the Singkhorn post, the trade can be done from Monday to Saturday daily between 8 am and 4 pm. Every Sunday will be day-off for cleansing processes of the border crossing.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Delivery services of highway bus lines around Aung San stadium suspended

The authorities no longer permit cargo services of highway bus lines at Aung San Stadium in Mingala Taungnyunt Township, according to the bus line and cargo transport counters. “The municipal informed that we cannot load, unload and conduct cargo transport services starting 4 August. I think the operation is suspended due to the instructions of the SAC Chairman to launch heavy maintenance on the stadium. We don’t know the reason exactly. We can sell bus tickets.

Not only the counters but also the stalls may be removed,” said an official of the highway bus line. Counters at the Aung San Stadium are branches of the Aung Mingala Highway Bus Terminal and various bus lines are concentrated there. The ban on loading and unloading processes causes difficulties to the business people, he added. “We have to go to the Aung Mingala terminal if we want to send the packages to other regions. There are not many bus lines at U Chit Maung station and we have to pay K1,000 per package a short trip. Counters at Aung San stadium accepts packages of products for those who don’t want to go far and it is convenient for the people.

Now, the delivery services and business people face hardships,” said Ko Wunna Tun, an online seller. The express buses are not allowed to carry 19 types of materials including drones, binoculars, iron materials, wire, solar and power bank. The officials conduct thorough checks at the inspection camps along the road, according to express bus lines. The transport services of express bus counters around the Aung San Stadium play a key role for entrepreneurs from other sides of Yangon, Thakayta, Dawbon, Ahlon, Pazundaung, Lanmadaw, Latha, Pabedan, Kyimyindine township and online entrepreneurs. The counters around the Aung San Stadium have been opening for many years and such closures can lead to many difficulties. 

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar