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- September 11, 2023
The battle between the junta forces and Arakan Army
(AA) members has been going on in Rakhine State and it completely halts the
Bangladesh-Myanmar border trades, said a merchant.
The trader from Maungdaw
township informed that the border trades were stopped since the fighting
between the two armed parties erupted on 13 November.
"The trade zone in Maungdaw has stopped sending
goods to Bangladesh. From the other side
too, there is goods coming in," he added.
exporting over 40 tons of fish from Sittwe port to Teknaf port of Bangladesh on
14 November, the activities stopped from both sides.
The junta authorities closed all major roads in
Rakhine State since gun fighting resumed. Thus the traders were discouraged to
do business in the Rakhine region.
“When the roads are
closed, everything needs to be stopped. I can no longer travel
anywhere. Both sides are suffering because
of this sudden development. Meanwhile, goods are piled in warehouses and
started rotting,” he asserted.
Myanmar exported 1,300 tons of onions to Bangladesh in
October. Another 600 tons of onions and 400 tons of wheat were scheduled to be
exported from Myanmar, stated a media report in Dhaka.
It also added that Bangladesh had to lose nearly Taka
150 million because of this hindrance.
During 11 to 14 November, Myanmar exported items like
tamarind seed, fish, zephyr, ginger (both wet and
dry), betel nut and zee yo worth USD 0.3138 million from Sittwe trade zone to
Bangladesh, said the junta’s customs department sources.
Myanmar usually exports items from Sittwe Shwe Min
Gang port and Maungdaw Ka Nyin Chaung economic zone to Bangladesh’s Teknaf
port. In return, Bangladesh sends various goods including plastic items to