The Myawady border between Myanmar and Thailand bagged more than US$55 million from cross-border trade in August.
The rain-triggered landslides cut off Myawady road section near Dawna mountain and Tawnaw Waterfall on 7 August and disrupted trade process.
Under the continuous efforts of the Department of Highways and the supervision of the Kayin State government, a bailey bridge was constructed on the landslide-hit road section.
Myawady-Kawkareik segment of Asian Highway reopened to a single lane from 15 August, allowing the six-wheel trucks to drive in the lane. Trucks loaded with export/import goods got road access.
Thanks to the reopening of the road, perishable goods such as green commodities namely onion, chili pepper and fisheries were sent to the Myawady border without damage. The corn can be exported to Thailand in time under Form D Customs tariff.
Furthermore, importation of fertilizer, feedstuff, CMP raw materials and construction materials went smoothly, according to the Myawady Trade Zone.
Myawady border witnessed exports worth US$15.219 million with 1,457 trucks and imports worth $40.023 million with 2,327 trucks in August, totalling $55.242 million with 3,784 trucks.
Myawady road plays a pivotal role in Myanmar-Thailand border trade. It is also crucial for the goods flow for Kayin and Mon States. Thus, the authorities concerned made a concerted effort to resume the road, as per Myawady trade zone. — NN/EM