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Published on Wednesday, 09 January 2013 16:31
Mobile teams monitoring illegal trade will expand operations to include major entry points in Myanmar, the Ministry of Commerce announced.
Inspection groups will monitor loading and unloading processes at seaports, railways, airports and even motorways across the country.
In response to a proposal in parliament to act against illegal trade, the President’s Office formed the Central Committee for Control of Illegal Trade chaired by the Ministry of Commerce.
The mobile teams are composed of members of the Directorate of Border Trade, Customs Department, Myanmar Police Force and the Republic of Union of Myanmar Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
In the past, mobile inspection teams operated only during daytime due to security concerns. They now operate at nighttime.
Surprise checks were first implemented along trade routes like Muse-Mandalay and Myawaddy in November.
In 2012, trade totalled US$18.15 billion, with exports accounting for $9.09 billion and imports amounting to $9.053 billion.