The Lao government has instructed ministries to streamline procedures to facilitate trade and speed up freight transport and the export of goods. The move aims to facilitate trade and accelerate freight transport and the export of goods. The Lao government advised the relevant bodies to devise clear and streamlined regulations to shorten all the related processes and cut spending, thus speeding up the movement of freight.
However, the shipment of commercial crops including rice, coffee, beans, cassava, sweetcorn, fruit and vegetables no longer requires transporters to seek permission from the authorities. This means the transport of these products can be made without needing to seek permission. However, in the event of a plant or animal disease outbreak, transport will be prohibited.
The total value of trade in April amounted to 950 million U.S. dollars, of which 424 million dollars were exports and 526 million dollars were imports.