The value of Myanmar’s goods exports was relatively higher than those of imports between 1 April and 23 September in the current financial year 2022-2023, according to statistics provided by the Ministry of Commerce. Myanmar’s trade gap significantly shrank to US$0.024 million this FY from $234 million registered in the corresponding period of the 2021-2022 FY. In the nearly a half of the FY, the value of Myanmar’s external trade soared to $16.3 billion from $13.45 billion recorded in the year-ago period.
While exports were estimated at $8.159.057 billion, imports were valued relatively low at $8.159.033 billion during April-Sept period. Compared to the FY 2021-2022, exports showed an increase of over $1.3 billion, while import value was up by $1.55 billion. Myanmar’s maritime trade value edged up to $12.5 billion in the nearly past six months from $9.5 billion recorded in the same period last year yet the country witnessed a small drop of $135 million in border trade as cross-border trade with the main trade partner China has not returned to normal amid the strict virus policy.
Myanmar exports agricultural products, animal products, minerals, forest products, and finished industrial goods, while it imports capital goods, raw industrial materials, and consumer goods. The country’s export sector relies more on the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The Ministry of Commerce is trying to reduce the trade deficit by screening luxury import items and boosting exports. The country mainly imports essential goods, construction materials, capital goods, hygienic material and supporting products for export promotion and the import substitution.
Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar