A total of 1,480 tonnes of pharmaceuticals, with an estimated value of over US$13 million, were imported from foreign countries in the second week of October, according to the trad data released by the Ministry of Commerce. Myanmar brought in 980 tonnes of medicines worth $12.706 million by sea and 500 tonnes of medicine worth $1.003 via the border posts between 8 and 14 October. They are primarily imported from China and Thailand.
Myanmar imported medicines from China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Bangladesh, Germany, Singapore, Slovakia and Spain through maritime trade. China is the main exporter of pharmaceuticals to myanmar with 900 tonnes, followed by India (250), Thailand (100), Pakistan and Indonesia (50 each), the ROK (30), Bangladesh (20), Germany (20), Singapore (20), Slovakia (20) and Spain (20).
Eighteen types of imported pharmaceuticals are granted for Customs tariff exemption, according to the notification (19/2022) of the Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS) division under the Myanmar Customs Department, dated 19 October. They are Aspirin, Paracetamol, Chlorpheniramine maleate, Diazepam, Mebendazole, Gentamicin, Metronidazole, Propranolol, Oral Rehydration Salt, Chlorpromazine, Salbutamol, Intravenous Glucose, Rifampicin, Ethambutol, Isoniazid, Frusemide, Digoxin and Prednisolone.
Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar