BUSINESS – Burma express

Five international express courier services – Magnate Group Logistics, Smart Logistics, Transmarine Logistics Asia, United Courier Services and Myanmar USU Logistics – have each signed agreements to launch operations in Burma. The former three companies were set to begin operations on 8 August while the latter two will start on 1 January. Industry leader EMS is already established in the country, however rival Fedex is not. Previously, customers in Burma had to rely on a government service which was often criticised as expensive and inefficient.