Yangon plans logistics hub, truck terminal to ease congestion

Yangon is planning to build a logistics hub and truck terminal in the outskirts of the city to ease traffic congestion and provide enough parking space for trucks, said Yangon Region Planning and Finance Minister U Myint Thaung at the regional parliament.

He was responding to U Kyaw Min Han, MP from Latha township, who asked if there any plans to implement a project to improve efficiencies and productivity in the logistics industry.

Currently, companies transport goods by 22-wheel, 12-wheel and 6-wheel trucks from factories directly to respective townships.

However, others move the goods to a depot at Bayintnaung Highway bus terminal in Mayangone township before they are loaded onto trucks and ferried to their intended destinations. This has led to heavy traffic congestion near the terminal, which is no longer big enough to accommodate the rising number of trucks.

“The regional government and Myanmar Highway Freight Transportation Service Association have discussed how to solve this issue and we are planning to reduce the number of trucks entering and exiting the downtown area and building a logistics hub that includes a new truck terminal outside Yangon city,” said U Myint Thaung.

The country’s freight transportation network is mainly covered by truck in addition to the rail and sea channels. Goods delivered to the ports are stored in warehouses before being moved by train, vessels or trucks.

During fiscal 2017-18, a total of 530,000 trucks moved goods across Yangon. Railway freight volumes amounted to 526,000 tonnes, while 422,000 tonnes and 1400 tonnes were moved by vessels and planes, respectively.

Source: Myanmar Times

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