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Thai-Myanmar pact to boost cross-border transport

Thailand and Myanmar expect to have cars travelling on three routes between both countries this September, in a move set to bolster the regional economy. Each country will be granted 100 licences for their transport operators, who can drive hundreds of kilometres into the inner areas of the countries, including to Yangon and a port […]

Myanmar auto portal on fast track amid surging demand

THOUGH the lack of stable automobile policies in Myanmar is holding back the potential for an auto boom, CarsDB.com, the nation’s largest automobile marketplace, is confident it will be able to maintain its annual two-fold growth in revenue, according to Wai Phyo Kyaw, co-founder and chief operating officer of the company. “Since the past three […]

Uber and Grab are bringing Southeast Asia’s taxi on-demand war to Myanmar

Southeast Asia’s ridesharing war is spreading to a new frontier after rivals Grab and Uber revealed plans to expand into Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma. Singapore-based Grab announced its launch in the country today, its first new market expansion in nearly three years, to take it to seven markets… but its U.S. rival […]

Tachilek on an e-Visa

Chiang Rai, 17 January 2017: Travel to the Mekong Region is often called the ‘last frontier,” but with a littler effort the frontier hassles can be rolled back for the determined traveller. A phrase coined to conjure up the mystique of travel ironically identifies the major snag for travellers to the Greater Mekong Sub-region; frontiers. […]

Sales to rise, prices to fall, say Yangon real estate agents

Real estate is likely to bounce back in 2016 after more than a year of depressed sales, while prices will fall as new supply comes online, said investors and agents. Following a relatively smooth election, the volume of transactions will be “back to normal”, they said, referring to last year when the industry was thriving. […]

20,000 car import licenses granted

Almost 20,000 individuals have been approved to import cars to Myanmar since the start of the year and over 9000 cars will be imported by companies or groups, according to documents seen by The Myanmar Times. An individual can apply for a car import licence by proving they have space to park it, under a […]

Tyred out: importers say tax policy favours used cars

Almost all of the cars imported to Myanmar last year were second-hand, due to a high tax on brand-new vehicles. The government should reconsider its policy relating to the import of new cars, say businesspeople. “As far as I know, most Myanmar citizens import used cars. According to the records from last year, brand new […]

Importers angry with parking rule

The government is not doing enough to provide car parking, even as it demands proof of a parking spot for each new vehicle import, according to car importers. In a bid to cut down on overcrowded streets, Yangon Region has required that importers have written proof of a parking spot from their local township administration […]