Burma - Country Commercial Guide
Market Opportunities

Overview of best prospect sectors, major infrastructure projects, significant government procurements and business opportunities.

Last published date: 2021-09-27

Following the lifting of U.S. sanctions in 2016, U.S. – Burma commercial relations started to grow.  Despite targeted sanctions in the wake of the 2021 coup, certain bilateral commercial ties still hold some promise.  As one of the least developed countries in Asia, Burma has market opportunities in nearly every sector, including energy, healthcare, financial services, franchising, infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications, professional services, agriculture, and tourism.  However, the potential of these opportunities is dependent on Burmese regime actions.  Specifically, U.S. firms specializing in medical equipment, power generation, renewable energy, processed foods, technological services, resource extraction, refining facilities, auto parts, chemicals, computers, textiles, fertilizer, and animal feed could find export potential in Burma.  The sectors that currently present the possible opportunity for U.S. exporters are agriculture, energy, healthcare, consumer goods, and franchising.

Some of the U.S. companies and brands that have entered the Burmese market since 2016 and before the 2021 coup include Ball Corporation, Baker & Mackenzie, Caterpillar, Chevrolet, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Colgate-Palmolive, Ford, GE, Hilton Group, KFC, PepsiCo, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, RMA Group, and Visa.  However, post-coup most operations are on hold.