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Temporary relief for unlicensed imports

The list of goods which require a licence has recently been changed with an updated list of goods taking effect on 1 January 2022 and a further update to the list will come into effect from 1 March 2022.

Goods which require a licence but are imported without one are subject to a fine. In relation to this, the Directorate of Trade (DOT) issued a letter: KaThaYa (Ou) Policy(3)/2021-2022(1283) on 31 January 2022 (the Letter) providing temporary relief for goods which were shipped without the necessary licence.

According to the Letter, DOT informed the Customs Department that with respect to goods which have been added to the list of items needing an import licence but are delivered to a Myanmar port without the necessary license, that the importer should be granted temporary relief from being fined.

For items which require an import licence from 1 January 2022, the relief for paying a fine ended on 31 January 2022 and for items which will require an import licence as of 1 March 2022, they will be given relief from paying a fine as long as they pass customs prior to 31 March 2022.

Businesses in Myanmar should ensure that they are aware to changes of the list of items which require a licence to be imported.

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