More trade administration procedures to go online during COVID-19

Applications to extend Exporter/Importer Registration Certificates will now be carried out online until the end of July in view of COVID-19, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Commerce on April 27.

This will help traders bypass the need to physically go to the trade department

“The Ministry of Commerce has eased many export/import restrictions for businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic to make things more convenient and to avoid mass gatherings at government offices,” said U Khin Maung Lwin, assistant secretary at the ministry.

Export/ import permits have been issued online since April 1 and HS code lines for 73 export items and 742 import items have also gone online.

Starting April 20, the customs department also reduced customs duties for businesses operating with the Myanmar Automated Cargo Clearance System (MACCS).

Paperwork has also been streamlined, with an electronic version of Form D for preferential tariff treatment in ASEAN to be issued to simplify procedures between all the ASEAN countries.

Those who want to apply for customs duty reductions will have to submit the e-Form D together with the reference number granted by another country. Traders can apply for the deadline for submission of required documentation to be extended.- Translated

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Source : Myanmar Times

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