Myanmar (Burma): Govt looks to boost China rice exports


The commerce ministry says it will use diplomacy to export 400,000 tonnes of rice to China via land and sea routes.

Khin Maung Lwin, assistant permanent secretary at the ministry, said: Exports of rice and corn to China are illegal.

It has been a year since China allowed Myanmar to export 100,000 tonnes of rice under a quota system.

The ministry is making efforts to send an additional quota of 400,000 tonnes of rice to China, equally split via land and sea.

We are trying to inform China about the quota on rice exports through diplomatic channels. China is very sensitive about rice quotas, he added.

Discussions are due soon with China's Yunnan province. Until October 14 this fiscal year, the country earned over US$145 million from exports of rice to 33 countries. More than 85 per cent of exports went to China, according to the Customs Department.

The country generated over US$123 million from rice exports to China, US$7 million via sea routes and more than US$115 million through border trade.


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