Mandalay is 617 kilometers from Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar and the sates trade capital.
Mandalay is also an inland waterways city , it is also in close proximity with towns and villages where a lot of goods are produced.
There are also numerous industrial zones in the area.
Mandalay is the focal point of collection for goods produced in upper and middle Myanmar which in turn is the major source of beans and pulses in Myanmar.
The annual output of beans and pulses in the middle and upper Myanmar is 1,439,013 metric tons and transported to China and India by way of trucks and to Yangon by prime-movers. And from Yangon ports these goods are shipped to worldwide destinations.