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Things you should consider when arranging a courier to deliver a parcel in Myanmar (Burma)
The Republic of the Union of Myanmar is a country that was formerly known as Burma and is located in South East Asia. It borders India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, and China and has a population of around 60,000,000. In 1989, the ruling military government did away with many of the English colonial traditions and cultures and part of this was the renaming of the country to Myanmar, which had a closer resemblance to the proper name of the local ethnic group, while Burma was more related to the colloquial name of the race. Burma has had a rich, varied and troubled history, however, a tourism drive has seen infrastructure improvements and it has begun to shake its reputation off as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
As the internet usage in Myanmar expands, the convenience and allure of shopping online is also experiencing a rise in popularity. Consumer research shows females especially are more inclined to shop in the comfort of their home, rather than have to go to the mall. Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is home to over 2.5 million residents many of whom are getting to grips with the internet, however, while the convenience may attract some to online shopping, internet speed is a barrier for online retailers to overcome if it is to survive. The low speeds of the internet in Myanmar may frustrate some shoppers. With few people online (1.2 percent of the 53 million population, said the World Bank in 2013) and smartphones in the hands of a small percentage of the population, the prospects for online shopping look tough, however this remains a popular shipping destination for mainly private and business related parcels, plus the eCommerce sector will continue to grow as the infrastructure develops and the nation embraces technology.
Customs advice for shipping to Myanmar
Currently for Myanmar there are prohibitions relating to property deals, certain gem stones and other items. It is, therefore, essential that you are aware of and comply with the legal requirements when shipping items to Myanmar. For instance, you cannot send magazines that contain images of immodest attires such as bikinis. Before you look to send a parcel to Myanmar, we recommend you contact the Government of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Finance and Revenue Customs Department to clarify the current situation on exclusions and tariffs.
Machinery and mechanical appliances, Prepared foodstuffs