FREIGHT firm TNT Express Worldwide will spend US$5.5 million to purchase an additional 12 lorries and 14 trailers for service in Southeast Asia, a press release stated. Althought the new vehicles would not be immediately deployed to the Kingdom, TNT’s Cambodia and Laos general manager Sjaak de Klein said, the business case for using the trucks in the Kingdom would be closely monitored. “They’re not planned for Cambodia initially, but we [would] certainly like to operate them [here] as soon as economically viable. A great help would be a lower tariff for import duty and taxes,” he wrote in an email. The firm plans to tap into expected growth in freight shipments, he said, adding a recent report predicted 8.4 percent growth in Asia’s freight volumes over the next four years. Built by Sweden-based Scania, the new 12 lorries will join Amsterdam-listed TNT’s 40 dedicated long-haul vehicles presently operating in the region.