Published on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 05:02 Written by Tun Tun Win
The Ministry of Commerce launched mobile teams to tackle illegal trade at border, trading routes, markets, ports and airports.
The ministry would inspect water routes, domestic airlines flying to border towns and capital cities like Yangon and Mandalay as well as supermarkets and warehouses, it said.
Border trade shared 20 percent of total foreign trade, while 80 percent of trade was made through marine route. Despite having official export, illegal import is being seen in the border trade through the border routes, the ministry said.
“Three sections are divided in Yangon Port area. They are coastal trade area, the area from the mouth of the sea to along Yangon River, and international marine port area. We are going to check these areas from the third week of July,” said an official from the Ministry of Commerce.
The mobile teams would launch inspection on illegal trade at port and port areas in Yangon Region, gateways along Yangon river route, Bago river, the coastal areas along Yangon river, motorways, highway bus terminal, international and domestic airlines, supermarkets and warehouses, according the Ministry of Commerce.
In three months period of this financial year, trade volume reached only US$ 4 billion, according to the Ministry.
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