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Gold smuggling on rise along India-Myanmar border: Report

Gold smuggling on rise along India-Myanmar border: Report

High import duties coupled with an increasing gap in gold prices between India and Myanmar have led to an upsurge in smuggling of the yellow metal across the international border, a report compiled by anti-smuggling unit of Imphal customs division has said.

Manipur shares a 398-km-long porous international border with the neighbouring country.

An official of the customs division feels facilitating “free movement” of citizens for a stipulated period from Manipur’s border town of Moreh to adjacent Namphalong market in Myanmar has made the conflict-ridden state “more prone to illicit trafficking of contraband gold”.

India and Myanmar border have a Free Movement Regime (FMR) which allows people living along the border to travel 16km across the boundary without visa restrictions.