Shrimp and prawns are making an increasingly significant contribution
to the export earnings of Myanmar. Major markets for "prawns" (DOF
statistics do not differentiate between freshwater prawns and brackish
water shrimp) are China (4 073 tons), Singapore (2 604 tons), Japan
(2992 tonnes), and United States (1 775 tons). EU also imports prawns
from Myanmar, with UK as the leading importer at 921 tons. The total
value of "prawn" exports is US$ 104 million for 2000-2001 as reported in
the Fisheries Statistics of Myanmar, out of a total of US$ 218 million.
China (5 453 tons), Thailand (2 633 tons), Singapore ( 2 290 tons) and
Japan (5 255 tons). EU also, UK imported at 15.125 tons, Belgium 61.407
tons France 14.147 tons Sweden 11.131 tons. The total value of "prawn"
exports is US$ 68.641 million for 2010-2011 as reported in the Fisheries
Statistics of Myanmar, out of a total of US$ 555.515 million. (Table. 1)
MT - Ordinary
Fresh water prawns are making significant contribution to the export earnings of Myanmar and exported to 21 countries within 2005 – 2006 to 2009 – 2010 Facial year. In Asia, imports fresh water prawns from Myanmar with Singapore as the leading importer and EU also imports UK as the leading importer at these facial years. The highest value of "Fresh water prawn" exports is US$ 14.569 million for 2006-2007 as reported in the Fisheries Statistics of Myanmar.
The high demand and price of shrimp and prawn abroad have attracted local and foreign investors in fishery product trading. Meanwhile, shrimp and prawn production from capture fisheries has declined, and aquaculture is becoming a more important source of supply. Market channels exist for high value shrimp, involving middlemen, brokering and raw material collecting systems. The export market for high value aquatic products remains high and consequently shrimp receives a high policy priority.
Myanmar had opened border trade station were Sittwe and Maung Taw for
Rakhine State to Bangalesh, Myeik and kaw Thaung for Taninthaye Division
to Thialand, Mandalay for Mandalay Division to China and India, Muse for
Shan state to China and Ta Mu for Chin State to India. These stations
were exported to neighboring country by FOB system.