Northport partners firms to spur halal value chain

By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH 

Northport (M) Bhd has established a partnership with Sojitz (M) Sdn Bhd and NL Cold Chain Network (M) Sdn Bhd to set up an integrated halal value chain between Malaysia and Japan.

The port operator said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the two companies yesterday, which will foresee a collaboration on the end-to-end logistics network and facilitate the halal trade arrangement between Port Klang and Japan.

Under the MoU, Northport will provide the logistical support and solutions for import and export of halal products via Port Klang.

“Sojitz Malaysia will provide the required support and promote the bilateral trade of halal products through its experience and network.

“On the other hand, NL Cold Chain will provide the halal logistical support for the import and export of temperature-controlled cargo in Malaysia and Japan,” it said.

Northport CEO Datuk Azman Shah Mohd Yusof said the port has the advantage of a complete industrial surrounding and is connected to the majority of the main transportation routes in the country.

“Located in Port Klang, Northport is surrounded by major industrial areas and connected to almost all of the major highways.

“Northport is well-positioned to be the gateway for halal trade. This collaboration will help facilitate local halal entrepreneurs who wish to market their products to Japan,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Meanwhile, Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said a tight value chain network with Japan will ease Malaysian halal entrepreneurs’ venture into the global market.

“This initiative is in line with the second wave of the Look East Policy under the stewardship of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“It is also in line with the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development’s aspiration to encourage more Malaysian halal entrepreneurs to venture into the global market, taking advantage of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020 in Japan.

“These efforts will help boost the small and medium enterprises’ contribution to the nation’s GDP, which is targeted to be 41% by 2020, as envisioned in the National Entrepreneurship Framework,” he said in his speech at the signing ceremony.

Sojitz Malaysia is an affiliate of Sojitz Corp, a Japanese trading company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, while NL Cold Chain is jointly owned by Khazanah Nasional Bhd and the Nichirei Logistics Group of Japan.