Burma - Country Commercial Guide
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eCommerce may be a recent phenomenon for the people of Burma, but the industry has made progress, especially in retail sales, real estate, and automobiles. Internet penetration is primarily driven via smartphones. Nearly 40 million of the country’s total population of 55 million use a mobile phone, and 80 percent have access to smartphones, which has expanded the adoption of mobile payment platforms. Social media networks like Facebook and Instagram serve as quick and cheap tools to market and sell retail products. Following the 2021 coup, however, slower connections and service disruptions negatively impacted access to mobile payment systems and online platforms, and mobile data prices doubled.  As of July 21, online merchants are required to register with the regime‚Äôs Ministry of Commerce. Online vendors must complete the registration process to obtain a license. Failure to do so can lead to prosecution under the Important Goods and Services Law.