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Myanmar body to crack down on illegal imports
Publication Date : 14-08-2013
Traders continue to import illegal mobile phones, oil and diesel despite the Myanmar government's efforts to grant import licences, according to the Central Committee for Illegal Trade Control.
Although Myanmar needs over 435 million gallons of petrol to supply over 400,000 registered vehicles, local traders have applied to import only 391 million gallons in the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
"We estimated that they are illegally importing 44 million gallons of petrol annually. Besides applying to import ordinary oil and diesel, they sell them as premium oil and diesel in filling stations. We will take action if the government allows us," said Tin Ye Win, Director of Central Committee for Illegal Trade Control.
The committee insists that it will confiscate the illegal products if the government will allow them to inspect shops and stations.
Myanmar has over 400,000 registered vehicles that use approximately 144 million gallons of petrol per year according to the committee's recent findings. The amount stated was calculated based on the minimum amount used by vehicles and does not include those of ships, boats, and industrial machinery or generators.
Furthermore, officials have seized 9,370 mobile handsets valued at over 214 million kyats (US$219,400) in the past seven months. The authorities seized them mostly from private vehicles, motorcycles, taxis and passenger vehicles.