RESTRICTIONS STILL IN PLACE
Extension of COVID-19 preventive measures to 30 November.
- The National-Level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 announced the extension of all existing instructions, orders and directions to 30 November.
- Stay at home order is still in place in Yangon and in other selected townships. Workers in the essential sector, including food sector are excluded from the stay at home order.
- Factories, workplaces and construction sites are required to comply with the guidelines for prevention and control of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The government is gradually opening up businesses where factories and workplaces that comply with the guidelines are permitted to operate upon the inspection and approval of factories and workplaces by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
- The online portal (Myanmar Tradenet 2.0 portal) will be launched on 1 November to allow paperwork and payments for export and import permits to be done online. Previously, the procedures were done manually at the Department of Trade. The move to online is also to facilitate the National Single Window to create a single entry for trade information and digitise licencing system.
IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
- The online portal is expected to ease the application and renewal of export and import licences. As documents can be accessed on the online system, businesses would not need to visit the various departments to obtain the documents to be submitted to the Department of Trade.