Myanmar-Thai border gates closed, hundreds of trucks stranded

- Eleven Media Group/ANN

YANGON: According to traders, hundreds of trucks have been waiting for the border gates to reopen at the Myanmar-Thailand border town of Pago Thyusu, in Khyin Peygyi Township, Karen State.

A trader said that it is not yet known on which day the border gates of the two countries will reopen, and hundreds of trucks are currently waiting on both sides in Myanmar and Thailand.

He continued, "Last Monday (June 17), the Myanmar side closed the border crossings. And when the Thai side was closed, there were no cars coming in and out. They are waiting for the time for the gates to reopen, " he said.

Although the Myanmar-Thai border gates have been closed, residents have reported that they have been able to take a load of goods from some other gateways.

According to subsequent reports, the border gates in Pagoda Trisu City have reopened.

It will be announced on Saturday (June 22) when it will open, according to an official from the Bohsu City Regional Development Office.

"We are unsure if the Three Pagodas Pass will continue to have its border gates closed or if it would be reopened before on Saturday (June 22)," said an official from the Pagosu City Regional Development Office.

Residents of Pago Tso Su said that Thai goods were still being transported from the side of Pago Tso Su at a time when the roads from the Myanmar-Thai border side of Myawati town to Kok Krait town were impassable.

"The roads on the Myawati side are bad. There are more goods coming down from Thailand to the Three Pagodas Pass than before.

"However, according to the conditions of the road between Trisu - Kyin Pyaygyi - Mudong, the bridges are flooded, so it will be two nights on the road.

"They have to sleep for three nights and travel," said a resident of Pagoda Three Su.

The Thai-Myanmar regional authorities coordinated and opened (22) illegal border trade points, including the Pagoda Three Su border point, on the Thai-Myanmar border.

Situational frequent shutdowns have been reported.

The border trade points that have been officially opened by the two governments of Thailand and Myanmar are Tachilek - Mae Sai, Myawati - Mae Sot. There are also other gates at Hat Khe - Nam Phu Ro and Kaw Thaung - Ranong.

While, passports are required for these border trade gates, it is said that they can go back and forth with a temporary travel permit as well. - Eleven Media Group/ANN

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