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May 28, 2015


Relying on Smuggled Products from Thailand and Bangladesh


Consumption of shrimp has increased recently, and Myanmar has become increasingly reliant on smuggled imports because its shrimp farms cannot meet the demand.  According to Dr. Kyaw Zaw Myint, chairman of Myanmar Shrimp Farming Association, importers are relying on smuggled product from Thailand and Bangladesh.  “Previously, there were only imports of saltwater shrimp, but we are now importing freshwater shrimp too.  Imported shrimp from Thailand is illegal and untaxed.  The market is good for shrimp smugglers, and the goods keep flowing in,” he said.


Additionally, shrimp farms in Myanmar have had lower yields and financial difficulties, resulting in postlarvae being smuggled across the border from Thailand and Bangladesh.


Formerly, only shrimp weighing more than 40 grams could be sold in Myanmar, but now 30-gram shrimp are also allowed.


The Myanmar Fishery Department says new shrimp breeding stations will be opened this year.


The Shrimp Farming Association says that locals are losing market share because the local shrimp species have been rebred so many times that they have become inbred.


Source: Myanmar Business Today.  Shrimp Imports, Smuggling on the Rise.  Tin Mg Oo.  May 27, 2015.

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