Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Freight and Logistics Group Keeps Expanding in Home Continent as it Agrees Dry Port Development  

Laos is Latest Target for Extending Portfolio of Asian Outfit

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Shipping News Feature LAOS – Road haulage and overall freight provider Kerry Logistics has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between its subsidiary, KLN (Singapore), and Laos's Sitthi Logistics for the establishment of a joint venture to develop a dry port in the Vientiane Logistics Park in Laos. The move is part of Kerry Logistics' development strategy to seek accelerated growth in ASEAN by developing an integrated Greater Mekong Region platform covering Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos.

The dry port will be situated in an area of approximately 35 hectares, to be developed in phases for the transfer of cargoes at Vientiane, which connects the railway lines between China and Thailand from Kunming to Bangkok. An efficient dry port is not only expected to help attract investment to Vientiane and its surrounding areas, but also turn the city into a major economic hub along the Belt and Road trade routes. George Yeo, Chairman of Kerry Logistics, commented:

“We at Kerry Logistics are proud to play a role in the development of Laos and what will become an important economic corridor between China and Southeast Asia. We are fortunate to have in Sitthi Logistics a strong local partner. Together with Sitthi Logistics, we will work hard to make the dry port project a success and an asset to the Laotian economy.”

Kerry Logistics will provide management expertise, while Sitthi Logistics will provide local support. The two companies hope that the facilities will allow the logistics industry to transport goods by road and rail and create an efficient logistics system to accommodate a range of industries and facilitate distribution along the economic corridor between China and Thailand.

To enable the Laotian economy to benefit from the Kunming-Bangkok rail and to fully utilise the plentiful resources and labour in Laos, where wages are as little as $86 per month, the Lao government is introducing economic incentives and conducive regulations for the building of an efficient logistics centre in Vientiane.

In 2018, Kerry Logistics completed the Phase one of the inland port in Mandalay and the inland port in Yangon, both in Myanmar. With stronger growth anticipated to persist in Asia, particularly in Southeast Asia and India, Kerry Logistics looks to utilise its established network in Asia to take advantage of the booming intra-Asia trade and maintain its business growth in Asia.

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