In an attempt to restrict illegal trade, Myanmar is set to deploy single-stop inspections at border gates with neighboring countries, officials said on Thursday.
Discussions were underway with the two neighbouring countries — China and Thailand — for the move, Minister of Commerce Than Myint told the House of Nationalities.
The system is aimed at preventing illegal trade and boosting the country’s revenue collected from border trade, he said, adding that work was underway to set up customs checkpoints for border trade complete with X-ray machines to inspect containers, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Minister warned that unscrupulous businessmen and corrupt staff in illegal trade activities in border trade would be punished.
The ministry revealed that goods worth more than 52 billion kyats (about $43 million) were seized and inedible food worth more than 2.5 billion kyats were destroyed over the last three years until operation of previous mobile inspection teams were shut down in December 2015.