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Saturday, 08 June, 2013

 

 

TRADE WITH MYANMAR

Manipur has the advantage of acting as India’s Gateway to the East through Moreh town, which is the only feasible land route for trade between India and Myanmar and other South East Asian Countries. It shares 398 km long international border with Myanmar. A Land Custom Station (LCS) already exists at Moreh for the existing traffic volume of trade. 

There are 40 (forty)  tradable items under Barter Trade mechanism through Moreh (India-Myanmar Border). Major exportable items include cement, engineering goods, transport equipment, motor cycles, iron and steels, medicine, chemicals and allied products, cotton yarn, etc. The major items now imported from Myanmar through barter mechanism are betel nuts, turmeric, red kidney beans (Rajma), kuth roots, gram, resin, dry ginger, etc. The volume of trade at Moreh-Tamu Border Point in 2001-02 was ` 95.48 million and in 2009-10 ` 298.19 million - an average increase of 39% p.a. Further, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India has also cleared the operational of "Normal Trade" through Land Customs Station, Moreh.

India’s “Look East” Policy and several new measures taken by both the Central and State Governments to promote and enhanced trade link with SE Asia, provide Manipur with a competitive advantage. In recognition of the potential of Moreh, the Government of India has notified an ICP at Moreh.

Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Moreh

The setting up of Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Moreh is one of the 13 Integrated Check Posts being developed by Central Government along India’s international borders. These ICPs are being developed by the MHA through the Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI). The proposed ICP will facilitate speedy movement of export-import consignments and redress the inconveniences suffered by general public in the emerging scenario of India’s Look East Policy. State Govt. has identified 45.50 acres of land near Gate No.1 within Customs notified area. RITES, a Central Public Sector undertaking have prepared a DPR for Moreh ICP costing ` 136 crores and is under the process of implementation.

The proposed centre shall have (i) Immigration Department, (ii) local Police including Women Constables for immediate security, (iii) Land Customs Department, (iv) Customs Preventive Department, (v) Forests, (vi) Narcotics & Drug Control Department, (vii) Postal Department, (viii) Bank Counter, (ix) Telecom, (x) Animal Quarantine, (xi) Plant Quarantine, (xii) Quality Certification Inspection Agencies/Export Promotion Councils, (xiii) Trade Facilitation Counter and Trade related Public Bodies, (xiv) Food Testing Lab, (xv) Truck Parking facility, (xvi) Staff Quarters, basic amenities such as Canteen, Truck Drivers’ Rest House, etc.

 

 

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