7 new express delivery providers approved
A worker transports parcels at a sorting center of an express delivery company in China. Myanmar has just approved seven such service providers. Photo – EPA
The government has officially granted permission to a total of seven new registered express delivery providers to carry out operations in the country.
The registered service providers will provide postal and parcel express delivery services both domestically and internationally and will be managed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, according to a government notification.
These include RG Express Services Co, Myanmar Zarla Distribution Co, First Courier Service Co, Hercules Logistics Co and UMG Logistics Co, which will provide delivery services domestically.
Meanwhile, RG Express Services, together with Door Asia Cargo Services, will extend their offerings overseas.
That private companies are taking an interest in the Myanmar postal service is positive for the sector, said U Thaung Naing Soe, regional manager of Myanmar Post in Yangon Region.
“Having more registered service providers will introduce competition and bring new technology to the sector. Beyond helping the Myanmar postal service to modernise and grow, the new players will also provide better services at reliable prices to consumers,” he said.
In the past, only State-owned enterprises such as Myanmar Post had been permitted to provide postal and delivery services in the country under the law. Private firms were first allowed into the sector in 2013.
The new firms will join Magnate Group Logistics Co, Royal Express Services, United Courier Services Co and Speedy Business Co and Transmarine Logistics Asia in the Myanmar postal and delivery services sector.
Opportunities in e-commerce
Notably, more service providers are taking an interest in the Myanmar postal and delivery space at a time when e-commerce is gaining momentum in the country. “Demand for express delivery services is on the rise as e-commerce picks up,” said U Thaung Naing Soe.
Myanmar Post now operates its own e-commerce platform – marketplace.com.mm – which has also resulted in higher demand for its postal and delivery services, U Thaung Naing Soe said. “We are receiving more business opportunities delivering to customers who shop online, these are new growth opportunities for us,” he said.
U Yan Lin Aye, deputy manager of sales and marketing at MGL Express Courier Services, is seeing a similar trend. “We are delivering more for online shoppers. Today, we connect 500 e-commerce platforms with customers who now do their shopping online,” he said.