Government to inspect machinery in Hpakant, suspends imports
FOLLOWING rumours of the illegal importation of vehicles through border checkpoints on social media the Ministry of Commerce announced that it is planning to inspect whether heavy machinery located in Hpakant, Kachin State, was imported legally or not. Furthermore the import of vehicles has been suspended at the Kanpite Border Trade Post.
The licenses for the import of vehicles were issued only by the Ministry of Commerce and the Customs Department collected taxes for those vehicles after checking the licenses issued by the ministry.
Vehicles that have not received number plates, however, are allowed to operate in the country if they have all the required documents, according to the official. He added that not all vehicles that do not have number plates can be considered smuggled into country.
He said that the government has confiscated over 700 vehicles which will be auctioned to supply state funds but he did not say exactly whether the vehicles were confiscated from Hpakant.—Myanmar News Agency