December 09, 2016

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Government to reduce service costs through cooperation with entrepreneurs

A container ship is seen in the Yangon River.
A container ship is seen in the Yangon River.

The union government is trying to reduce logistics costs and import service charges, both of which are pushing up local commodity prices, by cooperating with private entrepreneurs, according to U Ni Aung, Acting Managing Director of the Myanma Port Authority (MPA).
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications formed a committee comprising government departments and organisations of private entrepreneurs to find ways to reduce service charges for shipping containers arriving at ports in Myanmar on 15 September this year.
U Ni Aung made the comments at a meeting on prevention of delays and reduction of service charges held at Myanma Port Authority yesterday. Entrepreneurs were also invited to the meeting, it is learnt. Myanmar is a country with some of the highest logistics costs in Southeast Asia, which is one of the reasons, the managing director said, why Myanmar ranks 170 out of 190 countries in the Doing Business Report. The managing director urged entrepreneurs to cooperate with the MPA with goodwill toward the people.
The meeting was attended by officials of the MPA, the Customs Department, resident representatives of shipping lines, the Myanmar Mercantile Marine Development Association, the Myanmar International Freight Forwarders’ Association, the Inland Container Depot, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers’ Association, the Myanmar Customs Brokers’ Association, the Myanmar Container Trucks Association, the Myanmar Automobile Importers’ Association and importers.

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