[This story was updated on Thursday 10 July] Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has started a joint venture with Myanmar-based freight forwarder Carrier King Logistics to provide distribution services for finished vehicles in the country.

The joint venture, which is 80% controlled by WWL, will provide a fleet of car hauliers and the company has already trained a team of professional drivers to deliver the vehicles from the port serving the capital Yangon to dealerships in the city. Operations have begun with three multi-car transporters and one single car carrier.

“Myanmar traditionally had a very limited automobile market, and still today the majority of cars sold in Myanmar are second-hand vehicles imported from Japan,” said Trond Tonjum, head of WWL South East Asia. “They arrive at the ports and are then ‘jockey driven’ by individual drivers from the ports to wherever they are sold, or owners or dealers come to the port themselves to pick up the vehicles. As new cars are starting to enter the country, a professional and safe transport solution is clearly needed.”

Tonjum went on to explain that WWL has plans to provide a full range of logistics services according to customer demand, including a full service to all destinations, involving ocean transport, customs clearance, vehicle inspection and processing before delivery into the country.