Ruili is the major border crossing between China and Myanmar, near Muse in Shan State. Trade between Myanmar and China could face disruptions after the city was placed under lockdown on September 15 following the detection of COVID-19.
"There will be damages. Export negotiations are now being made at the city of Wan Ting, China, and right now Myanmar drivers are not allowed to enter with their goods," said U Sai Myint Bo, a local trading house.
Ruili is expected to be locked down for a week and travel outside the city is prohibited. Border trading between China and Myanmar via Rulii is now being conducted in Wan Ting on the China side. However, with the China customs office now shut, trading has mostly come to a halt.
Some traders said fruits can still be traded. "As the China highway is blocked, our vehicles are now using the older trunk roads to trade. There is no prohibition on fruit imports yet.”
If prolonged though, the disruptions to trade at the China-Myanmar border could be disastrous for local traders.