up for greater efficiency
ASSOCIATION of Malaysian Hauliers (AMH)
is working towards greater efficiency to prepare for the reduction
in the free storage period from five days to three for containers at
Port Klang effective July 1.
Free storage period is the window
duration given to importers or exporters to clear or send their
goods to and from the ports without any charges.
After that period, a storage fee
will be imposed on a daily basis per container.
The reduction in the free storage
period was delayed from Jan 1 to July 1 in view of the current
economic climate and the appeal by some quarters in the maritime
community in Port Klang.
Since the plan was mooted in 2002,
several deadlines have been postponed as the shipping community in
Port Klang was not ready for the shorter free storage period.
AMH president Datuk Ahmad Shalimin
Shaffie hoped that this would be the final deadline where all
parties in the supply chain, including importers and exporters, must
improve their efficiency for the shorter free storage period by July
“It is an international standard
that we ought to follow. It will be good for Malaysia as a maritime
nation,” he told StarBiz.
He said the three-day free storage
period would improve the turnaround of prime movers and trailers.
For hauliers, AMH has introduced a
guideline that included a RM100 surcharge for the “restrictive time”
given by customers to pick up and deliver containers to and from
According to the new guideline
effective Dec 16, customers are free to determine the date of
pick-up and delivery of goods, but when they restrict the time
frame, for example, the goods must be delivered to their premises
before 5pm, or the surcharge will be imposed.
Shalimin said the move was not a
profit-making initiative, but aimed at efficiency improvements where
importers and exporters should be able to receive and deliver goods
at any time.
“The RM100 is only a benchmark and
is not fixed. This is one of the efforts as a preparation towards
the reduction of free storage period at the ports,” he said, adding
that hauliers still maintained 48-hour notification from customers
for pick-up and delivery.
On another issue, Shalimin said,
some manufacturers had kept trailers and containers for a relatively
long period of time.
“In China, once an in-bound
container arrived at the customer premise, the company only get one
hour to clear the goods.
“Here, we left our trailers and
containers where we come back to pick up the next day. Some
companies have also kept our trailers for two to three days,” he
Shalimin added that the stalled
trailers at exporters and importers premises meant extra cost for
“They can be used for other
deliveries,” he said.
On the issue of too many players
after the industry was liberalised, Shalimin said the Government
should continue to give haulage licences only to “real” operators.
“We believe that there are people who do not operate the haulage
business themselves when were given the licences.
“Small and medium-size players
should have at least 30 permits,’’ he said.
The haulage industry was
liberalised on April 1, 2006, after 31 years of government control.
On the recent fluctuation in oil
prices and its impact on the haulage industry, Shalimin said the
fuel adjustment factor (FAF) surcharge moved in tandem with oil
“But the FAF is only calculated
based on oil price. The prices of batteries, tyres and other spare
parts that have gone up when oil price was at its peak are still the
“It is quite worrying for the
industry, especially in this current economic condition, and the
Government should look into the matter,” he said.