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Ministry of Commerce
Ministry of Commerce (Myanmar) seal.PNG
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Myanmar
HeadquartersBuilding 3, Nay Pyi Daw, Myanmar
Minister responsible
  • Pwint San, Union Minister
Child agencies
  • Department of Trade
  • Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Myanma Trade Promotion Organization

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) is the Burmese government agency plays a vital role in the transformation process of the implementation of a market-oriented economic system. Its headquarters is located at Building 3 and 52, Nay Pyi Taw, in Myanmar.

Departmental bodies


From the time of independence in 1948 up to 1962, foreign trade was conducted by the following boards and corporations:

Establishment of Trade Council

In 1964, wholesale shops, broker houses, companies, department stores and warehouses all over the country were nationalised. In 1965, the Trade Council was established and the following trade organisations were set up under the Ministry of Trade:

In 1976, in accordance with the economic policy of the Burma Socialist Programme Party the trade organisations were reformed as follows:

New establishments after 1988

To be in line with the changing economic system, in 1989 the Department of Trade was changed to the Directorate of Trade with extended functions and responsibilities. In 1989–90 the following domestic and foreign joint ventures were set up and operated:

Domestic joint ventures

Foreign joint ventures

In 1992, the Hotel and Tourism Corporation was upgraded to ministry-level and the relevant organisations, the Foodstuff and Beverages Enterprise and Hotel and Tourism Services were transferred to the Ministry of Hotel and Tourism. In 1993 the Company Registration Office, Companies Control Department and the international Organisation Sections (GATT/WTO) under the Directorate of Trade were transferred to the newly-established ministry, the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development. In 1996 the Ministry of Trade was changed to the Ministry of Commerce with a view to implement economic activities for the development of the national economy. In 1996 the Ministry of Commerce established the Department of Border Trade and it currently has 10 branch offices at the borders of neighbouring countries. In 1997 the International Organisation Section, including WTO, was retransferred from the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development to the Ministry of Commerce.

Re-organisational activities under the Ministry of Commerce

Since 1998, six trading organisations and two service enterprises under the Ministry of Commerce have been abolished. Domestic and foreign joint ventures were also abolished except Myanmar Citizens' Bank Ltd. and Myanmar Inspection and Testing Services Ltd. The Ministry of Commerce created a motto of Advance Forward Through Commerce and it has been conducting various activities for the development of the national economy. The Ministry of Commerce has also restructured the following departments to be in line with the adopted market-oriented economy since 1 April 1998:

Department of Trade

There were the following departments:

Department of Consumer Affairs

Department of Consumer Affairs was established on 1 April 2016. There were the following divisions:



Official border trade points

Border Trade Points Opening Date Area
Muse (105) mile 12 January 1998 Myanmar-China
Lweje 23 August 1998 Myanmar-China
Chinshwehaw 19 October 2003 Myanmar-China
Laiza 25 December 2003 Myanmar-China
Techilelk 16 March 1996 Myanmar-Thailand
Myawaddy 16 September 1998 Myanmar-Thailand
Kawthoung 1 June 1996 Myanmar-Thailand
Myeik 1 July 1999 Myanmar-Thailand
Tamu 12 April 1996 Myanmar-India
Rhi 10 December 2003 Myanmar-India
Sittwe 10 December 1998 Myanmar-Bangladesh
Maungdaw 5 September 1995 Myanmar-Bangladesh

Unofficial border trade points

Border Trade Points Area
Pansan – Menglar Myanmar-China
Dawei Myanmar-Thailand
Neteinhtaung Myanmar-Thailand
Mawtaung Myanmar-Thailand
Payathonsu (Three Pagodas) Myanmar-Thailand
Paletwa (Shalatwa) – Pansung Myanmar-India

Myanmar Agricultural Produce Trading

Myanma Agricultural Produce Trading (MAPT) is a government organisation under the Ministry of Commerce.

MAPT has laid down the following six main objectives:


The managing director is the head of MAPT. Under Myanmar Agricultural Produce Trading (MAPT), there were the following departments:

Within the organisational set-up of MAPT, there are 4 functional departments as follows:

Warehousing, Handling and Export Department, Grain Department, Milling, Engineering & Bran Oil Mills Department, and the Administration Department. The Post-harvest Technology Application Centre (PTAC) under MAPT undertakes post-harvest activities, research, development and extension (RDX) works especially including food grains, fruits and vegetables and issuance of certificates relating to the quality of crops and analytical results of chemical compositions, pesticide residue, aflatoxins etc.

MAPT renders its assistance to private sectors in the following activities:

MAPT Operations

MAPT assists the in following steps relating to export business that are allowed by the state to the private sector, especially grains exports, the export of new commodities, and import business:

MAPT undertakes the following activities relating to the inspection services of exported goods and imported goods:

MAPT conducts services relating to analysis and testing of soil and water:

MAPT undertakes the following services relating to the milling of rice, and construction and maintenance of rice mills:

MAPT undertakes the following services relating to edible rice bran oil mills:

MAPT undertakes the following machinery installation services to upgrade the quality of food grains:

MAPT also renders the following engineering services:

Ministers of Commerce