Containers at Port Klang must be cleared within 3 days, says MoT minister

At the container yard, inspection will be carried out by the Customs including other agencies

by ANIS HAZIM / pic by TMR FILE

BEGINNING May 1, containers at Port Klang are required to be cleared within three days if there were no issues or require further inspection, said Transport Minister (MoT) Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (picture).

He said the new standard operating procedure is to speed up the process of discharging goods from the country’s largest port.

“In the past, there was no timeline given when the goods reached the container yard.

“At the container yard, the inspection will be carried out by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department including other agencies such as Malaysia Quarantine and Inspection Services,” Wee said at a press conference yesterday.

Thus, he said that the MoT has outlined the procedure for the clearance of non-questionable goods from three to 30 days upon arrival.

He said the new procedure also requires cooperation by industry players so that clearance can be made speedily.

However, he noted that other responsible agencies are allowed to make further inspections and investigations, for a maximum of 30 days, on doubtful items.

“We think this is a good system so let’s see if we can reduce time and eventually the cost of shipping as well as delivering more efficiently,” he said.

Meanwhile, Wee announced Phase 2 of allowing logistics companies with interlinked shareholdings to share their prime movers and semi-trailers to carry luton/box and general cargo from May 5.

Previously in Phase 1 in September 2021, Wee said the prime mover needs to be registered to a semi-trailer with a ratio of 1:7 which is seen to limit logistics companies to operate optimally.

“The first phase of the implementation of this policy aimed to help logistics companies reduce costs in doing business, improve the efficiency rate of the logistics industry and optimise the use of

existing resources,” he noted. Phase 2 will involve subsidiaries in the first tier only, with a parent company equity holding of at least 51%.

Moreover, the prime mover and trailer permitted laden weight (BDM) for the interchanging is subject to a semi-trailer BDM or gross combined weight of a prime mover, whichever is lower between the two.

Notably, any offences under the laws relevant to this policy change apply to prime movers only.

The logistics firms are also to obtain technical vehicle approval from the Road Transport Department before forwarding their application to the Land Public Transport Agency.

“The new policy implemented by MoT is based on an ongoing review to ensure that existing regulations are in line with industry developments and contribute to improving its efficiency,” he added.