US$3.5 mn of illegal trade intercepted in 2014

Confiscated Tamalan wood at the inspection gate in Mandalay. (Photo-Customs Department)

The value of confiscated illegal merchandises topped Ks 3.5 billion (US$3.5 million) last year, with most cases taking place along border routs, according to the Customs Department.

During the nine months between April and December in the 2014-15 fiscal year, 298 containers, worth Ks 1.4 billion, were seized at airports and seaports, and 311 cases, worth Ks 2.1 billion, were seized in border areas. 

Officials inspected international seaports in Yangon, including MIP, Hteetan Port, Asia World Port and Thilawa, and they confiscated goods that were not included in importers’ import declaration forms, in addition to taking other actions according to standing customs procedures.

Stones that were deemed to be jade, gold chunks, forest products, mobile handsets and accessories, computers and appliances were among the detained merchandise. 

The Customs Department is responsible for scrutinising exported and imported commodities and taking measures against the unlawful trade.

Mobile inspection teams led by the Ministry of Commerce have also taken part in combatting illegal transactions along both land and sea lanes.

In the 2013-14 fiscal year, the value of confiscated illicit merchandise amounted to Ks 6 billion.