The Department of Land Transport, under the Ministry of Transportation, has assigned King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang and Institute of Technology and Naresuan University to study the possibilities of constructing and managing a regional freight station in support of connecting Thai-Myanmar trade, linking special economic zones in Myanmar and Lao PDR. The study shall cover nine border provinces including Chiang Rai, Tak, Mukdahan, Sa Kaeo, Trad, Kanchanaburi, Songkhla, and Narathiwat, along with eight main provinces namely, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Prachin Buri, and Surat Thani, expected to conclude this year, 2015.
By changing the transport model through “cargo in-transit loading-unloading” and “C-move ”, the potential regional cargo terminal for international shipping can prevent foreign transport trucks from crossing the border without permission, as well as save domestic transporting vehicles from having to leave the country. Three subject of study areas in Chiang Rai have been selected to accommodate a cargo terminal as follow:
- Chiang Rai Tobacco Station’s Government property in Wiang sub-district, Muang district, Chiang Rai.
- Private property in Huey Sak sub-district, Muang district, Chain Rai.
- Chiang Rai Tobacco Station’s Government property in Pong Pha sub-district, Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai.
The most suitable location is the 97-acre third government property in Mae Sai as it conveniently links to Tachileik, Myanmar, situated on a main roadway, and can also complement Chiang Rai’s special economic development zone as its Chiang Saen commercial port is already transporting goods across the Mekong River. As for Chiang Khong district, there is a project to construct a cargo transit center not far from the Thailand – Lao Friendship Bridge, with the R3A route as the main transport passage of goods, while Mae Sai district has R3B that is currently being used. Hence, having a cargo terminal can aid the transport of goods and services across the border, and therefore, enhance economic developments and trade from Mae Sai in to Myanmar, and further in to southern China in the future.
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