Myanmar sends corn to China via Chinshwehaw under China’s opium crop substitution programme

Myanmar has been increasingly delivering corn to China these days under China's opium crop substitution permit, according to the news released by the Ministry of Com­merce online.


Between 1 and 20 November, 5,739.91 tonnes of corn worth US$162,474.4 were shipped to China. In addition to corn, broken rice, and rubber (MSR 20, RSS 1, 2, 3) were primarily exported to China via Chinshwehaw. Further­more, Myanmar also sends fresh konjac, dried konjac, concentrate latex 60 per cent DRC, apple, tangerine, pear, apple pear, persimmon, pomegranate and grape. The traders forecast export growth as the sugarcane season is approaching.


At present, 62 rice and broken rice companies, 112 corn exporting companies and 32 banana companies have already registered with GACC. Other companies are making efforts to register for pineapple, avocado, pomelo and soybeans.


The competent authorities of the Plant Protection Division under the Department of Agriculture are helping the exporting companies, organizations and individuals to register with GACC for agricultural products such as rice, broken rice, corn and banana.


Those agricultural products that have a govern­ment-to-government agreement grasp a strong market share.


The relevant authorities for the registration with GACC are the Agriculture Department, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, the Fisheries Department and the Food and Drug Administration.


Only the goods from the registered businesses will be allowed for import to China starting from 1 Jan 2022, according to notifications 248 and 249 of the GACC.


As of 30 September, 1,022 companies and factories submitted 1,850 applications to the GACC, according to the GACC’s statement.

Those individuals executing edible oil, oilseeds, stuffed pastry products, edible bird’s nest and related products, edible grains, grains milling industrial products and malt, fresh and dehydrated vegetables, dried beans, plant species, nuts and seeds, dried fruits, unroasted coffee and cocoa bean, special dietary food excluding milk-based formula, functional foods, bee products, aquatic products including farm products, animal products and animal feed and livestock animals businesses need to apply for GACC licence to place their goods in China’s market.


Myanmar has recorded exports worth $57.74 million and imports valued at $58.865 million with China through the Chinshwehaw cross-border post as of 11 November 2022, totalling $116.6 million.


Myanmar has opened five border trade zones with Chi­na; Muse, Lweje, Kampaiti, Chinshwehaw and Kengtung. The majority of the trade is carried out through the Muse land border.


The value of Myanmar-China border trade in all five border areas amounted to $1.496 billion between 1 April and 11 November in the current financial year 2022-2023, comprising exports worth $1.247 billion and imports worth $249 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce’s statistics. – GNLM