Guide to Importing Goods into Myanmar

Goods are imported into Myanmar when they enter Myanmar’s customs territory. Different rules from relevant trade-related agencies apply to imports depending on whether they are commercial or non-commercial in nature. (Articles accompanying a traveler, such as personal clothing articles in actual use and small quantities of tobacco and alcohol are usually considered to be non-commercial and duty and tax exempt.)

The laws and regulations governing imports serve several purposes and most importers use professional agents, known as freight forwarders and customs brokers, to assist them in planning and carrying out import transactions. Below are the required steps for importing goods into Myanmar.

Index

Registration of a Business
Prohibited Imports
Import Licenses
Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Requirements 
Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Requirements
Customs Declaration and Required Accompanying Documents
Classification and Value
Payment of Customs Duties and Taxes
Customs Inspection of Imports
Temporary Imports
Duty Exemption under Special Order
Spotlight on the Garment Industry


Registration of a Business

In order to import goods into 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 length of the registrations period. For more details about registration of a business More.


Prohibited Imports

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


Import Licenses

Some goods require an import license for importation. For details about which goods require import licenses More.


Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Requirements

If the goods importers intend to import are subject to sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, the importers will have to comply with the 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 regulations/standards. For details about TBT requirements, More.


Customs Declaration and Required Accompanying Documents

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


Classification and Value (HS 2017)

Customs duty is payable on imported goods as a percentage of their declared value. For details about customs duty, More.


Assessment of Customs Duties and Taxes

Once a declaration has been submitted and accepted by the Customs, the importer will be required to pay the duties. For details about assessment of customs duty, More.


Customs Inspection of Imports

Myanmar Customs examines imports to assure that they have been properly declared. For details about inspection of imports, More.


Temporary Admission

Temporary admission of imports is the procedure where goods are brought into the customs territory conditionally relieved from the payment of duties and taxes if they are intended for a specific purpose and are re-exported within a specified time frame without change in condition. For details about temporary admission, More.


Duty Exemption under Special Order

A Special Order is the power of the Director General, Customs and the Minister of Planning and Finance, to permit imports to enter without the payment of duties and taxes at the time of entry. For details about Special Orders, 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 CMP process, More.