Mandalay officials rely on illegal goods tip-offs

Illegal goods including jade and timber seized at Mandalay’s airport and jetties between November and April were worth around 150 million kyat (US$150,000), according to officials. Maj. Aye Min Oo, deputy-director of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, told DVB that crackdown operations have suffered from a shortage of staff, and are increasingly reliant on tip-offs from members of the public about shipments and bribery. Illegal items, the majority heading to China, are usually transported over land trade, including routes through Muse, Maddaya, Sagaing and Meikhtila.