THE expansion of MASkargo sea and air transhipment services to the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) has made the regions fastest growing port on the western shoulder of Johor the worlds first airport operation within a seaport.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in recognising the airport operation within the seaport, has awarded the three-letter code ZJT to PTP, which enables airport operators worldwide to compute PTP as one of the flight destinations just like any other airport.
This groundbreaking sea-air transhipment service, jointly promoted by MASkargo and PTP, gives shippers and freight forwarders in the southern region cheaper and faster cargo delivery to Europe, Australasia, Eastern Asia and North America, through MASkargos home base at the KL International Airport (KLIA).
Malaysia Airlines senior general manager (Cargo) J.J Ong said through the exercise, companies delivering cargo needed only to send their cargo by sea to PTP, which will then be sent by road to MASkargos Advanced Cargo Centre (ACC) at KLIA, then by air to respective destinations.
Shippers using this service can expect cost savings of up to 40%, he told some 150 freight forwarders and members of the media at a briefing in Johor Baru yesterday.
At the PTP, cargo would be consolidated in the special air zone area and placed on MAS truck flights and transported to KLIA all using simplified customs documentation process and fast turnaround times, he said.
This service offers a viable alternative for shippers. For example, instead of sending cargo to China by ship, you can send cargo to PTP and have it air flown there at reduced cost and time, Ong said.
Speaking at a press conference later, Ong said MASkargo expected PTP to be a major contributor to the sea-air transhipment programme, which would be expanded to cover all major ports in Malaysia.
He said that there were now companies talking to MASkargo about their intention to move their regional office to Malaysia because of the programme, which they felt would give them value out of the partnership.
Ong expected MASkargo to handle around 1,000 tonnes of cargo monthly through its operations with PTP once most freight forwarders at PTP overcame their apprehension after giving the new concept a trial. Bernama
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