By Thant Zin Win
Various kinds of goods from the different parts of Myanmar are traded from one place to another by storing or loading on the trucks at the relevant logistics hubs, and the numbers of trucks entering and exiting at Bayint Naung Warehouse and Cargo-Bus Terminal are between 600 and 800 which ferry the freight to their intended destinations daily.
Bayint Naung Warehouse and Cargo-Bus Terminal is located on 75.2 acres of land and has more than 300 domestic freight truck terminals transporting goods across the nation. It also earns a great deal of revenue for the government. The streets at the bus terminals are called with the name of a flower-like Padauk street, Sein Pan street, Nguwah street and Kant Kaw street. It can be supposed that all the street names carry a sign for economic growth. There are more than 600 members of Myanmar Highway Freight Transport Service Association from Kachin, Kayin, Shan states and Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Bago and Magway regions and more than 60,000 trucks are in operations, according to the chair of the association.
Bayint Naung Warehouse and Cargo-Bus Terminal offers two bus terminals called bus terminal (1) and bus terminal (2). The freight trucks gates of Yangon Region UMFCCI, Myanmar Rice Federation, Myanmar Rice Merchants Association and Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers’ Association including banks, small restaurants, Bayint Naung Hotel, offices of Yangon City Development Committee and Myanmar Highway Freight Transport Service Association are located in the compound of that bus terminal. It is running under the supervision of the Department of Discipline of YCDC.
Bayint Naung Warehouse and Cargo-Bus Terminal is located at the confluence of Hline river and Yoe Gyi creek in Mayangon township and it is the main logistic hubs as it shares a border with Bayint Naung jetty where container ships to Myeik, Kawthoung, Pyapon and Sittway townships dock.
“There are about 30 staff, including drivers at one freight trucks gate. We cannot stop our operation as we run an SME business. We will stop if the logistic sector totally suspends. We adopt such system as exchanging products from one region to another region across the country. All the bus gates of 14 regions and states are concentrated at Bayint Naung Warehouse. The Department of Discipline checks the body temperature of drivers who will transport freight to countryside areas in COVID-19 pandemic. After granting the health certificates, we approve their travel history, including the names and phone numbers of gates, drivers and conductors. Then, the administrator of No (1) Ward of Mayangon Township approves that letter again and we have to take the health certificate of the regional doctors. If we have such three certificates, we can go to other regions and states. Now, there are very few freight transportations during the rainy season. The opening season between November and May including Thadingyut and Tazaungdaing is the best time to transport the goods. The melon season starts in October, and the trucks run to Muse border areas to export to China. It depends on Yangon-Muse route. There were 100trucks to Rakhine State in the past, but now there are only 40 trucks per day,” said U Kyin Thein, chair of Myanmar Highway Freight Transport Service Association.
The officials of Bayint Naung Warehouse disinfect in the terminal compound and check the body temperature of bus lines staff during the COVID-19 outbreak. They beef up the security at every transit and allow the truck entering the terminal after checking the documents, said U Nyo Min Lwin, director of Discipline under YCDC. Bayint Naung Warehouse and Cargo-Bus Terminal is the main centre to distribute or exchange the products and commodities of all regions and states across the nation including delta regions and it still operating for all national brethren as support of socio-economic growth. (Translated by Khine Thazin Han)