“Hari Raya Open House” – Hosted by Port Klang Authority & Port Klang Free Zone and The Launching of CargoMove System with LinkHaul System
Over 600 guests attended the PKA Hari Raya Open House which was also co-hosted by PKFZ at the Premier Hotel, Bukit Tinggi Klang on 3 July 2019. The event was graced by the Minister of Transport Malaysia Anthony Loke Siew Fook and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport Datuk Mohd Khairul Adib bin Abdul Rahman. The guests were mainly from the terminal operators, shipping industry, hauliers, tenants from PKFZ, government agencies and other logistic players.
In his speech, the newly appointed Chairman of PKA YB Ean Yong Hian Wah spoke on the efforts taken up by PKA together with Westports and Northport in ensuring that Port Klang is well equipped to serve the shipping and logistics industry. He also assured that PKA will continue to engage the authorities and stakeholders to improve the road conditions leading to the ports.
The PKA Chairman acknowledged that the logistics and port landscape has transformed drastically and stressed the need for Port Klang to embark on a serious and massive development compatible to other neighbouring ports. The use of advance technology will be utilised for future development and PKA will incorporate green technology, digitalisation and carbon neutral environment practises in order to be a preferred port in the region.
Chairman of PKFZ, Mr Chan Leng Wai shared some of the new initiatives taken since he was appointed a year ago. The setting up of conducive communication channels with the tenants to respond to their complaints and queries were made more efficient. Demand for the LIU units and Open Land had also seen a record high during this period. With positive double digit growth in both the cargo movement for TEUs and FWTs, the development in PKFZ is robust and vibrant this year. With increased revenue and reduction in expenditure, operating surpluses is expected to reach a record RM80 million this year.
PKFZ will also be focusing on the Commercial Zone of PKFZ by bringing in two to three business anchors like the Maritime Academy, maritime related discovery centre, edutainment and lifestyle centre. PKFZ is also applying for a MSC status and Section 6a Duty Free Status. With all this in place, the Commercial Zone would turn into a very popular and trendy zone. Mr Chan thanked the Minister, PKA as well as the government agencies and tenants for all the support rendered to PKFZ all this years.
The Minister of Transport in his speech remarked that Port Klang has done well to serve the demands of the port and shipping industries, and this is attributed to the contribution from the industry players like the shipping liners, forwarding agents, government agencies, port terminal operators, haulier companies warehouse operators, ancillary service providers and many other parties. Up to May this year, cargo movement had increased to 5.5m TEUs compared to 4.9M TEUs during the same period in 2018.
Two high level forums set up are the National Logistics Taskforce (NLTF) and National Shipping and Ports Council (NSPC) to identify and evaluate issues that are detrimental to the ports and logistics industry. Some of the issues like permit restrictions have been identified and will be tabled to the cabinet for it to be lifted. The cabinet has also since April 2019 waived the Vehicle Transhipment Permit to encourage transhipment of cars to Asia Pacific region through Malaysian Ports.
The Minister acknowledges the move to digitalisation is vital for the port industry. Cargo owners will also need updated information on the status and location of their cargoes. As such, there is a need for transparent tracking and tracing features on real time with high security features. Besides the tracking system, there is a need to reduce the presence of empty chassis on the roads. With empty trips avoided, it will reduce traffic on the roads and port area.
At the function PKA with collaboration from Northport, Westports. Cargoflow Sdn Bhd and Link Effect (M) Sd Bhd launched the CargoMove System and LinkHauls Ssytem. He urged the Haulier Companies and Forwarding agents to take advantage of these applications which will improve port efficiency and decongest our roads.