Non-essential goods movement permitted for import and export

Minister Wee says this is to alleviate the situation for logistics players and to clear capacity at the ports and airports

by NUR HANANI AZMAN / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

THE Ministry of Transport (MoT) said it welcomes the National Security Council’s (NSC) decision to allow exporters and importers to perform loading and unloading of non-essential goods from 8am to 8pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting today.

Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said this is to alleviate the situation for logistics players and to clear capacity at the ports and airports.

“This operation will also allow movement of non-essential goods (limited to stock in hand only) for importing and exporting to neighbouring countries. Operations for essential goods that have been granted Ministry of International Trade and Industry’s (MITI) letter are not subject to this arrangement.

“This decision was reached after considering the balance between addressing the alarming numbers of Covid-19 cases and the

need to ensure adequate and uninterrupted movement of goods for our conventional marketplaces and e-commerce activities,” he said in a statement yesterday.

MoT continues to monitor the status of warehouse and container yard capacities at ports and airports nationwide during the total lockdown or Movement Control Order (MCO 3.0) which started on June 1 and extended to June 28, 2021.

It was found that some areas are approaching their maximum capacities during the MCO. MoT had implemented a series of similar port-clearing exercises during the MCO 1.0 in early 2020 to facilitate import and export and ensure unhindered movement of goods.

According to Wee, the activities starting June 18 are limited to loading and unloading of cargo to and from factories, ports, and airports intended for exports and imports including clearance, planning, movement of goods, forklift operations, loading and unloading.

“Exporters, importers, and warehouse operators must obtain police permission at the nearest station with their cargo-related documents as proof (for example invoice, bill of lading, packing list) along with a list of workers involved in performing the activity. The number of workers allowed is limited and should be in accordance with the relevant standard operating procedures (SOP).

“This police permission can be used as travel permission for workers at roadblocks and to be shown to enforcement personnel while performing the activity at the firm’s premises,” he added.

The ministry will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure that the movement of goods and cargo is not hindered and to reduce shocks to the market in general.

“All personnel are reminded to strictly maintain physical distance of at least 1m where required, reduce interactions and use contactless transactions wherever possible.

“All other required SOPs including the use of hand sanitisers, wearing of appropriate personal protective equipment and checking in with MySejahtera QR codes required must be strictly adhered to.”

The Malaysian Reserve on June 14 reported that Malaysian National Shippers Council is again asking for intervention so that shippers can carry out logistics and warehousing works during the current MCO to ease congestion.