On July 13, 2023, the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) lowered the percentage of export income in foreign currency that must be converted into Myanmar kyat (MMK) within one day of receipt. The changes are contained in CBM Notification No. 15/2023, which took effect immediately.
The notification specifies that only 50 percent of export income in foreign currency must be converted into MMK at official CBM rates within one day, in accordance with Myanmar’s requirement to convert foreign currency transfers and balances. The remaining 50 percent of the export earnings must be converted into MMK if the exporter does not use it within 30 days.
The 50 percent requirement is a relaxation from the previous rules in CBM Notification No. 36/2022, under which 65 percent of income received from exportation needed to be converted into MMK within one day. Therefore, the new requirement grants a certain amount of flexibility to exporters in Myanmar regarding the currency conversion requirement.
For more details on these foreign exchange developments, or on any aspect of financial regulations in Myanmar, please contact Tilleke & Gibbins at [email protected].