Burma - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Barriers

Includes the barriers (tariff and non-tariff) that U.S. companies face when exporting to this country.

Last published date: 2021-09-27

In response to the escalating military crackdown against unarmed civilians following February 1 coup, the United States Government imposed a series of targeted trade sanctions against the military officials, ministers, family members, and junta-led businesses. U.S. sanction notifications can be assessed at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ and https://home.treasury.gov.

On February 12, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security under the purview of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the restrictions of the export of “sensitive items” to the Tatmadaw.  The new restriction requires American suppliers to apply for a special permit to export certain restricted items to the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Home Affairs, other related armed forces, and security services.  For more information, visit www.bis.doc.gov.

In March 2021, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai issued a statement suspending all U.S. engagements with Burma under the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).  This suspension will remain in effect until the democratically elected government led by State Counsellor Daw Aung Suu Kyi is restored.  For more information, visit https://ustr.gov/.