Guide to Exporting Goods from Myanmar

Goods are exported from Myanmar when they leave Myanmar’s customs territory. Different rules apply to exports depending on whether they are commercial or non-commercial in nature. The logistics, laws and regulations governing exports are complex and most exporters use professional experts, known as freight forwarders and customs brokers, to assist them in planning and carrying out export transactions.

Exports from Myanmar are controlled by the Customs Department of the Ministry of Planning and Finance (“Customs”). Customs is responsible for assessing and collecting applicable taxes on exports and carrying out other regulatory and law enforcement responsibilities relating to exports.

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Registration of a Business
Prohibited Exports
Export Licenses
Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Requirements 
Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Requirements
Customs Declaration and Required Accompanying Documents
Export Taxes
Payment of Customs Duties and Taxes
Customs Inspection of Exports
Special Econonomic Zones (SEZs)
Spotlight on the Garment Industry


Registration of a Business

In order to export goods from Myanmar, a business must first register as a company authorized to engage in international trade with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) through the company registry website, Ministry of Planning and Finance. According to the Myanmar Companies Law (2017), subsection 5(a)(i), there is no limitation on the registrations period. For more details about registration of a business. More.


Prohibited Exports

The Government of Myanmar prohibits the exportation of certain goods. For details about prohibited goods, More.


Export Licenses

Some goods require an export license to export. For details about export licenses, More.


Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Requirements

If the goods you intend to export are subject to sanitary and phytosanitary measures, you will have to comply with the special regulations relating to those products. For details about SPS requirements,More.


Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Requirements

For certain types of products, it may be necessary to obtain a permit that certifies that these products conform to certain technical standards. For details about TBT requirements, More.


Customs Declaration and Required Accompanying Documents

In order to clear Customs, exports must be accompanied by a customs declaration and required accompanying documents. For details about customs declarations, More.

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  1. All exports must be cleared through Customs’ MACCS system.

  2. Required accompanying documents include:

    1. An export license / export permit

    2. If Non-license

      1. Company registration certificate including Form VI, XXVI

      2. Exporter registration certificate (Pa-Tha-Kha)

    3. Invoice

    4. Packing list

    5. Sales contract

    6. Shipping instruction

    7. Booking note

  3. Others required documents

    Consumer goods FDA recommendation (Food and Drug Administration)
    Drugs DRC (Drug Registration Certificate)
    Pesticides Recommendation from the Pesticide Registration Board
    Farm Equipment Recommendation from the Department of Agriculture
    Live Animals, Meat, Egg Health Certificate from the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department
    Plants, Flowers, Seeds Phytosanitary Certificate from the Plant Quarantine Division under the Department of Agriculture.
    Essential Oil Chemical Recommendation from the Ministry of Home Affairs
    Dangerous Cargo Storage Recommendation from the Ministry of Home Affairs
  4. Generally, the customs declaration and supporting documents must be submitted to Customs prior to the export of the goods. Top.


Export Taxes

Once a declaration has been submitted and accepted by Customs, Customs will require the payment of duties on specific export products: For details about payment of export taxes, More.


Customs Inspection of Exports

Inspections of export consignments are conducted by Customs. These are designed to avoid disputes between exporters and importers concerning the quality and quantity of the goods and to limit exports of prohibited products. For details on the inspection of exports, More.


Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

Special economic zones, sometimes called free-trade zones or export processing zones, are areas that are geographically within a nation but are outside a nation’s customs territory for the purpose of the collection of customs duties and other indirect taxes (such as excise and sales taxes). For details about SEZs,More.


Spotlight on the Garment Industry

Currently almost all garment production in Myanmar is done under the Cut, Make and Package (CMP) process. For details about garments and the CMT process,More.