MASKargo out to promote sea-air transhipment service

  • Business
  • Saturday, 15 Feb 2003

MASKARGO, Malaysia Airlines air cargo division, is targeting to hit 50,000 tonnes of sea-air transhipment by the end of this year, according to senior general manager J.J. Ong.  

To achieve this target, he said, MASKargo would be exploring new destinations such as east Malaysia, India, Myanmar, Thailand, China and Dubai.  

A road show will be conducted within six to eight months to aggressively market the sea-air transhipment service. 

J.J. Ong

Ong said the company had yet to fully promote the service, which was launched on Jan 2 this year.  

“So far, we had only done it in Medan and Pekan Baru, Indonesia” Ong told reporters at the MASKargo “Five Festivals” open house in Sepang, Selangor, yesterday. 

Ong said MasKargo would be sending a team to India from Feb 16 to 22, followed by east Malaysia in March, and Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya in April, to introduce the service. 

As for China, which has great potential, a date has yet to be fixed, according to Ong. 

He also said MASKargo was working with Malaysia Airports Bhd and the ports to promote the service which aimed to provide seamless and hassle-free transportation with reduced cargo delivery and transhipment time. 

At the same time the service will promote and establish sea-air links to make Malaysia a major multi-model transportation and transhipment hub in the Asia-Pacific region. 

“The way we do the service is different from anybody else in the world. We develop an airport inside a seaport. We also give a single pricing that covers everything. Now that we have created this sea-air transhipment, why should they pass Port Klang? Instead of sailing all the way to Singapore they can sail down to Port Klang. It is much cheaper,” he said. 

Asked on MASKargo’s growth projection for this year, Ong said the company was confident that it could continue to chalk up double-digit growth. It achieved 17% last year. – Bernama 

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