Traders to broker direct imports, exports between Myanmar, India

The Upper Myanmar India Association will start its own trade brokering business after the Myanmar economy returns to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose is to connect traders from Myanmar and India who want to business. Even though traders from India want to do business in Myanmar, many have no point of contact here. So if India’s traders who trade care accessories, medical products or peas come for business.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, trade between the two countries has come to a halt and border gates at Chin State, Sagaing and Mandalay, which have been the main trading routes between northeastern India and Myanmar since 2017, have closed. Trade is conducted via maritime routes only. In fiscal 2018-19, trade totaled US$201 million. This is consisted mainly of exports worth US$177.5 million. Both countries had just opened the border checkpoint between Reekhorda town in Chin State and Zowkharthar village in Mizoram, in August 2018.

The Reekhorda-Zowkharthar post is the second trade gate between Myanmar and India. The other trading post is located at Tamu in Sagaing Region and Moreh in Manipur, India, which opened up for regulated trade in 2018. There is also an integrated check post (ICP) in Tamu- Moreh, allowing both Myanmar residents and foreigners to enter India as well as goods on vehicles. Before the pandemic, the Japan International Cooperation Agency had been upgrading a road linking Reed to Tiddim and Kalay in Chin State to improve trade. Myanmar mainly exports betel nuts, beans and pulses as well as garments and plastics to India at the border.

Source: Myanmar Times

Commerce ministry in Myanmar says corn exports “very promising ...

Commerce ministry in Myanmar says corn exports “very promising”

Commerce ministry in Myanmar says corn exports “very promising ...

While overseas demand for some Myanmar commodities has fallen short of forecasts this year due to COVID-19, exports of several locally produced crops have nevertheless risen and some even look promising.Myanmar corn is usually exported to China but demand from Thailand has raisen since the start of the 2019-20 fiscal year. According to the Minstry of Commerce, more than 60 percent of this year’s corn exports went to Thailand via the Tachileik and Myawaddy border towns.

The other Myanmar crop for which overseas demand has been promising is the avocado. According to the Myanmar Avocado Producer and Exporter Association, interest from Singapore and China on Hass avocados grown and harvested in Myanmar has been increasing. Hass avocados are the most commonly grown avocado variety in the world. Its fruit has high oil content and a nutty, rich taste. Its flesh is smooth textured and it has a thick skin casing.

In fact, Myanmar only started harvesting Hass avocados two years ago. as volumes are still low and due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, exports have yet to commerce. But demand is already growing. This year’s avocado cultivation has been successful and China has recently offered to import 500 tonnes per year. Singapore also wants 15 tonnes per week. There is a potential to break into the international market due to high interest from China, Singapore,Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Source: Myanmar Times

Rice export through sea trade up by $180 mln this FY

Myanmar rice export through sea trade generated an estimated income of US$581.6 million as of 17 July in the current financial year and the figures reflect an increase of $181.4 million compared with a year-ago period, as per data from Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF). Myanmar maritime trade constituted over 85 per cent of rice exports. Earlier, border trade was relatively high compared to sea trade in terms of rice exports. Since the previous financial year, border trade has dropped, and currently, it accounts for just 14.8 per cent of the total rice exports.

Rice exports through the borders have generated an estimated $96.68 million in the current financial year, which plunged from $173.3 million registered in the corresponding period of last year. Myanmar primarily exports rice to China through the borders. However, trading in agricultural products has been halted on account of China clamping down on illegal trade and China’s precautionary measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. It is difficult to ship rice in the rainy season. In July, rice prices significantly plunged as against June, said traders from Bayintnaung market. The volume of rice and broken rice exported between 1 October and 17 July in the 2019-2020FY has been estimated at over 2.25 million metric tons, worth over $678.29 million, according to an announcement from the MRF. In the current budget year, Myanmar has shipped rice to 66 foreign markets. China is the main buyer of Myanmar rice, followed by Malaysia and Madagascar. The Philippines is the fourth-largest buyer and Cote D’Ivoire the fifth-largest buyer of Myanmar rice.

In 2019-2020FY, Myanmar has exported broken rice mostly to Belgium, followed by Senegal, China, Indonesia and the Netherlands. Broken rice has been placed in 57 foreign markets. ASEAN countries constitute 17 per cent of Myanmar total rice exports. The European Union countries account for over 20.45 per cent of rice exports, while 30.2 per cent of total rice exports in Myanmar goes to African countries. According to the work coordination meeting held on 26 June, 150,000 tonnes of rice will be exported each in July and August. And, 100,000 tonnes of rice will be sent to the external market in September, totalling rice export quota of 400,000 tonnes. The Ministry of Commerce, Myanmar Inspection and Testing Service (MITS), the authorized organization of the State and MRF implemented rice reserve scheme on 30 April. The state has purchased an adequate amount of rice (50,000 tonnes). Myanmar shipped 3.6 million tonnes of rice in the 2017-2018FY, which was an all-time record in rice exports. The export volume plunged to 2.29 million tonnes, worth $691 million, in the 2018-2019FY.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

Coronavirus impacts hurt Sino-Myanmar border trade in current FY

Sino-Myanmar border trade has registered a decrease of US$123.5 million between 1 October and 17 July in the current financial year 2019-2020.Data from the ministry show the value of Sino-Myanmar border trade in all five border areas touched over $4.7 billion in the current budget year, which significantly plunged from over $4.83 billion recorded in the year-ago period.Border trade values totalled $3.89 billion through Muse border in this FY, $123.35 million via Lweje, $430.7 million via Chinshwehaw, $263 million via Kampaiti, and over $4.45 million via Kengtung.

The Commerce Ministry’s data showed a drop in trade value through all those border areas.The decline in trade is attributed to the trade suspension and trade delay amid the tight security measures of coronavirus. China has been stepping up border control measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus infection. The transport delays caused damage to the quality of the goods and doubled the truck fares. Next, the export of agricultural products is often halted, on account of China clamping down on illegal goods. Myanmar merchants are facing difficulties in exporting goods to China through the legitimate channel as they find the tax levied by China is too high.

In a bid to lower trade barriers and offer relief to Myanmar traders through the border trade channel, the Ministry of Commerce, the related departments and Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry have been negotiating with China counterparts. The two countries are making efforts to set up more border economic cooperation zones and promote border trade. Myanmar exports rice, sugar, pulses, sesame seeds, corn, dried tea leaves, fishery products, minerals, and animal products to China while it imports agricultural machinery, electrical appliances, iron and steel-related materials, raw industrial goods, and consumer goods from the neighboring country. 

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar