In the Mekong region including Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar, logistics companies are actively moving to strengthen their services.
With an intention of shortening lead time, the companies are launching services that combine land and sea transport together one after another. Compared to conventional transport methods, the lead time can be shortened by 3 to 5 days, and the costs are lower than consolidation sea transport. Rather than as a complementary service, the companies are promoting the one-stop service by combined land-sea transport as a major product.
AGL Corporation, a group company of Nippon Steel & Sumikin Bussan Corporation, is exploring the development of new services with the establishment of a local corporation in Myanmar. The local company will be established within the year in a joint-venture project with Nankai Express Co., Ltd., and the current business conducted through agents will be developed. Since it will be a group company under the control of the Textile Business Headquarters, its strengths will be in the logistics of textile products.
Nippon Express Co., Ltd. is also expanding combined transport services between Cambodia and Japan, abd will endeavor to obtain customers with its cost advantage.