The total value of seized illegal goods amounts to Ks 12.7 billion (US$12 million), says the report by the Prevention and Control of Illegal Trading Central Committee.
The committee has cracked down on illegal border trade by creating mobile inspection teams along different routes going from from various border gates to large towns and cities.
They have arrested a total of 2,493 people, many who are trading without import licenses, and some who are importing restricted goods.
Myanmar has a total of 14 border trade centres along its borders with China, Thailand, Bangladesh and India.
After the government started arresting illegal traders, Myanmar’s official trade volume rose to $6 billion during the previous fiscal year.
Inspectors are also being carried out in Yangon sea ports and airports to seize illicit imports.
source: Eleven Myanmar