Yangon, Myanmar--The Myanmar Times reported on Monday that Myanmar's Commerce Minister, Brigadier-General Pyi Sone has partially lifted the blanket ban on rubber exports, effective 1 September. The ban is being mitigated because local rubber production has increased sufficiently to meet domestic requirements. Only growers will be allowed to export. Dealers and traders are still affected by the ban, imposed in January 2004.
Official statistics show Myanmar produced about 42 000 tonnes of rubber in 2003, of which 22 000 tonnes was exported, mostly to Thailand and Malaysia.
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