Yusen Logistics has officially opened a logistics facility in Myanmar that will store and process finished vehicles for both domestic distribution and cross-border trade with Thailand.

Yusen Logistics owns the facility and has a 50-year lease on the land. It is located in the special economic zone in Thilawa, Yangon District, and will also provide storage services for export cargo, along with pre-delivery inspection and customs clearance.

A spokesperson for the company told Automotive Logistics that the vehicle processing centre would handle domestic distribution and terminal services for cross-border trucks. The warehouse itself has both bonded and non-bonded areas and can be used for general storage.

The facility will also handle complete knockdown (CKD) kits of agricultural equipment, including combine harvester CKD kits for Kubota Myanmar, which are imported from Kubota Thailand and assembled at its Thilawa factory for delivery to domestic dealers.

Yusen is also working on developing trailer services for a number of manufacturers.

“This logistics centre will be a cornerstone of our logistics business in Myanmar and an important part of our global network, including the connection to surrounding countries,” said Kenji Mizushima, president of Yusen Logistics.

“We can provide full logistics service from this centre, which has 6,300 sq.m of warehouse space, including temperature-control and bonded areas, together with an assembled vehicles yard area. We will contribute to the development of the Myanmar economy by providing high quality logistics services that meet our customers’ needs.”

According to the company the vehicle yard covers 4,000 sq.m, with room for expansion.

Last week, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with Myanmar Japan Thilawa Development, which develops and operates the Thilawa Special Economic Zone, for development of a further 100 hectares at the site.