e-Lo­gis­tics is the fu­ture: Alvin Chua

Alvin Chua, Pres­i­dent, Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysian Freight For­warders, in an exclusive in­ter­view gives in­sight on scope and of­fer­ings the Malaysian lo­gis­tics trade has to of­fer and how e-lo­gis­tics is the fu­ture.

Cargo Talk - - International - GUN­JAN SABIKHI

How is the theme of FIATA World Congress 2017 con­nected to the sup­ply chain sec­tor glob­ally?

The theme lo­gis­tics bridg­ing global trade is very apt as it tran­scends na­tional bound­aries and it is lo­gis­tics that ac­tu­ally con­nects the trad­ing na­tions. The theme ac­tu­ally de­scribes lo­gis­tics as an in­te­gral part of the global sup­ply chain. It highlights the im­por­tance and role of lo­gis­tics in global sup­ply chains. The e- lo­gis­tics is the fu­ture of lo­gis­tics. It is very im­por­tant that our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion looks into the ‘E’ part of the lo­gis­tics.

How do you aim to pro­mote lo­cal freight for­warders through FWC 2017?

For the congress in Malaysia we cre­ated an ‘app’ spe­cialised in sched­ul­ing one-on-one meet­ings. We had al­ready ar­ranged over 500 meet­ings through the app. FWC 2017 is a timely and also the best plat­form to pro­mote our lo­cal freight for­warders. We placed huge em­pha­sis on the B2B meet­ings so that lo­cal freight for­warders could ex­plore and grasp op­por­tu­ni­ties to form cor­re­spond­ing agents net­work, merg­ers & ac­qui­si­tions op­por­tu­ni­ties or set up J/V with for­eign part­ners. The event al­lowed them to be here at min­i­mal costs to meet up with many in­ter­na­tional freight for­warders un­der one roof.

How will FWC 2017 help Malaysian lo­gis­tics trade fra­ter­nity in boost­ing busi­ness?

As said ear­lier, the lo­cal lo­gis­tics fra­ter­nity will def­i­nitely have many op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore busi­ness col­lab­o­ra­tion with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. I be­lieve many mem­bers would have had some suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Enu­mer­ate the of­fer­ings the Malaysian lo­gis­tics in­dus­try has for the in­ter­na­tional trade.

Many of our mem­bers are niche ser­vices providers and to­tal lo­gis­tics ser­vices providers with strong re­gional foot­print, in­clud­ing some with in­ter­na­tional pres­ence. Such com­pa­nies may be open to busi­ness col­lab­o­ra­tion in other re­gional and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets where they are seek­ing to set up their busi­ness. This event brought to­gether del­e­gates from 77 coun­tries and of­fered great op­por­tu­ni­ties to these del­e­gates to tie up with our lo­cal freight for­warders. Other of­fer­ings in­clude well built up lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies that were well run, some were pub­lic listed com­pa­nies and ready for con­sol­i­da­tion and di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion to new mar­kets.

The Congress moves to In­dia in 2018. In­dia is very im­por­tant mar­ket and we are look­ing for­ward to do a lot of work with the In­dian mar­ket. A big del­e­ga­tion from Malaysia will be at­tend­ing FIATA Congress in 2018.

Elu­ci­date on the fa­cil­i­ties the two ports, which were ranked as 12th and 17tha­mong the world’s top 20 con­tainer ports, pro­vide.

Both Port Klang and Port of Tan­jung Pelepas are ports with world class fa­cil­i­ties. These ports have drafts to take in ships of more than 15000 TeUs and can turn around the big­gest ves­sels within 10-12 hours turn­around and within their ex­pec­ta­tions. Whilst Port Klang has fa­cil­i­ties for other types of cargo, PTP only han­dles con­tain­ers.

In 2017, Port Klang han­dled more than 13 mil­lion TeUs, while PTP han­dled over 9 mil­lion TeUs. They are con­stantly on sup­ply driven ca­pac­ity build­ing to en­sure suf­fi­cient ca­pac­ity for con­tain­ers and backed by suf­fi­cient gantry cranes, con­tainer yards, RTGs and an­cil­lary equip­ment.

Both ports are ready for ad­di­tional vol­umes at any time and han­dle big­ger ves­sels.

Both Port Klang and Port of Tan­jung Pelepas are ports with world class fa­cil­i­ties. These ports have drafts to take in ships of more than 15000 TeUs

Alvin Chua Pres­i­dent, Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysian Freight For­warders

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