Global logistics and shipping giant DHL Supply Chain will ramp up its Myanmar presence with its first warehouse in Myanmar. DHL has invested MMK 1.58 billion into the multi-use site, which is located in the Dagon Seikkan Industrial Zone in Yangon. It will employ around 200 people, according to the Myanmar Times.
“Over the years, we have witnessed tremendous growth in Indo-China including Myanmar, and have scaled our offerings accordingly to meet our customers’ needs. Today, our customers can count on us to provide a full suite of integrated end-to-end supply chain solutions, pegged to the highest global standards of excellence,” the company said in a statement.
DHL began operating in Myanmar in 1982, under the country’s economically-isolated socialist regime. Today, DHL claims to be the only totally foreign-owned logistics company officially registered in Myanmar. Indeed, DHL has often been the face of legal shipping and supply chain operations in an economy that relies on bribes, smuggling or informal channels for much of its commerce. Myanmar’s notoriously underdeveloped ports and roadways, combined with impenetrable bureaucracy and red tape, have in the past made legitimate shipping all but impossible for many products.
Yet in recent years, legitimate online retailers have made inroads in Myanmar. One success story is shopping website Shop.com.mm, owned by the Alibaba Group, which has begun delivering products with relatively fast and reliable shipping. DHL’s Myanmar expansion could be another sign that good things are ahead for Myanmar logistics.