Largest China-Myanmar land port reports trade rise in 2019

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A worker from Myanmar transports melons at a market near Wanding port in Ruili City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 8, 2019. (File photo: Xinhua)

KUNMING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Ruili Port in southwest China's Yunnan Province, the largest land port on the China-Myanmar border, saw a solid rise in imports and exports in 2019, local customs authorities said Wednesday.

The port registered 11.64 billion U.S. dollars of foreign trade last year, up 14.5 percent year on year, and its annual cargo throughput reached 17.46 million tonnes, an increase of 24.3 percent from 2018, according to the Kunming customs.

Imports from Myanmar via the port mainly included agricultural products, crude oil and natural gas, while flowers, mechanical and electronic products were among the major exports.

Official data showed the port cleared 16.72 million people and 4.85 million vehicles for entry and exit last year.

Ruili Port is located in Yunnan's Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, which became part of the Yunnan pilot free trade zone (FTZ) inaugurated in August last year. The establishment of the FTZ is to promote Yunnan's foreign trade and cross-border economic cooperation.