TAK, March 10 – Myanmar on Thursday has closed a pier in Tak’s Mae Sot district indefinitely, banning all imported Thai items after Thailand bans the export of sugar to Myanmar, according to a Thai source at the Mae Sot chamber of commerce.
A pier in Ban Huay Muang in Mae Sot district is quiet after the Myanmar authorities banned transport of all commodities from the Thai side, but allow goods from Myanmar to be shipped to Thailand normally, so that Thai goods bound to Myanmar have been stranded at the pier.
In response to the ban on Thai goods, a large number of Myanmar nationals crossed the Moei River to buy goods from Thailand for fears of possible food shortages.
The source at the Mae Sot chamber of commerce commented that the move of Myanmar was in response to Thailand’s strict measures on sugar exports to Myanmar and sugar smuggling at border. (MCOT online news)
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