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October 24, 2018

US tightens import rules for seafood, agro products

A file photo shows workers select shrimps in Kyauktan,  Yangon Region.  Photo: Phoe Khwar
A file photo shows workers select shrimps in Kyauktan, Yangon Region.  Photo: Phoe Khwar

The United States (US) is closely screening imported seafood and agro products and sending back inferior products to the origin country, said exporters.
A few of Myanmar’s agricultural products have been sent back from the US owing to weak and unsystematic packaging and pesticide residue. Similarly, Myanmar’s seafood was rejected by the US, as it was not in accordance with the import regulations, triggering losses to Myanmar’s exporters. This being so, producers and exporters have to focus on quality and import criteria, said Dr Myat Min, an exporter.
Myanmar’s prawn, fish, mung beans, green gram and pigeon peas are exported to the US. The goods were rejected owing to pesticide and chemical residue, and inadequate labelling and packaging.
Exporters need to strictly adhere to the import regulations placed by the US, especially for marine products, said U Ye Htwe, an exporter from the Mandalay region.
Myanmar reinstated the US Generalised Scheme of Preference for more than 4,900 items, including 34 fishery products. Myanmar and the US signed the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in 2013. —Zar Lin Thu (AMIA)

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