Asean honours 12 logistical companies in the region as it kicks off the inaugural Asean Transport and Logistical Awards. YVONNE T. NATHAN reports.
THE inaugural Asean Transport and Logistics Awards (Atlas) 2015 gave the nod to 12 of the top freight forwarder companies in the region recently, with PKT Logistics being among the three Malaysian companies in the roll of honour.
The awards, held on Oct 2, singled out local Asean transport and logistics companies that have excelled in facilitating the growth of their home countries by easing the movement of cargo via sea, land and air between countries, said Centre for Asean Logistics Studies (CALS) chairman Datuk Wira Jalilah Baba.
“The logistics industry forms the backbone of the global supply chain, and is the key to facilitate trade, business efficiency and spur economic growth. It is the fundamental connectivity to the rest of the world through an effective control of movement of goods and services,” she said.
The big winners on the night was Myanmar company E.F.R–G Link Express Services Ltd and Cambodian company Trans Star Freight Pte Ltd, which won in all three categories as Best Freight Forwarder Land, Sea and Air of their respective countries.
PKT Logistics Sdn Bhd, Worldgate Express Services Sdn Bhd, and Tiong Nam Logistics Holdings Bhd were acknowledged as Malaysia’s Best Freight Forwarders for sea, air, and land respectively.
The annual event, supported by Transport Ministry and Asean’s Centre for Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Sub-Regional Cooperation (Asean-CIMT), was a culmination of the three-day Asean Transport and Logistics Show.
PKT Logistics group chief executive and managing director Datuk Michael Tio viewed the collaborative event as a success.
“I hope to see more delegates coming to Malaysia next year to work together with them; hopefully, we can all become part of an Asean logistics alliance, a grouping formed of the top players in Asean.
“With the Asean regionalisation in 2016, we’re going to move cargos country to country, passing through Asean borders to reach international waters. So we must be connected to each other and I think because of Atlas, we get to know each other better,” he said.
Jalilah expressed the same aspiration.
She said it was CALS’s hopes that the inaugural award would be able to push the Asean logistic players to cross the physical boundaries of logistics by forming strategic alliances undertaking knowledge-sharing, research, education and more.
“With the realisation of the Asean Economic Community (AEC), logisticians will be playing an even more vital role in enabling the growth of Asean as intra-Asean, trans-border trade will intensify when tariff and non-tariff barriers are eliminated over time,” she elaborated.
Transport Ministry deputy secretary-general Chua Kok Ching took the opportunity to reiterate the importance of the Logistics and Trade Facilitation Master Plan launched in April this year.
“The aim of the plan is to chart the course of the industry, for Malaysia to become a high-income nation by 2020, and to strengthen Malaysia’s position as the preferred logistics gateway to Asia.
“It also outlines strategic steps to further boost the country’s economy and export via five strategic shifts and 21 action ideas. To execute the master plan successfully, the National Logistics Taskforce comprising the International Trade and Industry Ministry, and the Prime Minister’s Department Economic Planning Unit has been established, and chaired by the Transport Ministry,” he said.
The other winners on the night were PT Siba Surya for Indonesia, Keppel Logistics Pte Ltd for Singapore, Nim Express Co Ltd for Thailand, and Vinalink Logistics Corporation for Vietnam in the Best Freight Forwarder Land category.
Best Freight Forwarder Air 2015 winner were Bee Logistics Corporation for Vietnam and CKB Logistics (PT. Cipta Krida Bahari) for Indonesia.
American Star International Transport Trading Co Ltd was named Best Freight Forwarder Sea for Vietnam.