MOT: Permission letter for transportation sector can still be used

KUALA LUMPUR: Those from the logistics and transportation sector can continue to use the travel approval letters issued under the SMILE system (Sistem Maklumat Industri Logistik) dated from June 1, 2021 onward for inspections at roadblocks.

The Transport Ministry (MOT) said this was following the implementation of the enhanced movement control order in several sub-districts and localities in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur between July 3 and 16 as well as the announcement of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

“However, the latest letter with amendments taking into account the transition from the MCO phase to NRP can be downloaded from the SMILE system via the website Industry players are encouraged to download the letter,” it said in a statement.

The MOT said loading and unloading activities of non-essential goods would only be allowed in non-enhanced MCO areas (nationwide) based on the existing standard operating procedure.

For areas under the enhanced MCO, it is limited to warehousing companies only because they provide a network of services to ports and airports, which is clearly permitted in the SOP of the enhanced MCO in Selangor.

For sectors other than warehousing, loading or unloading activities are limited to companies named under the list of essential services of the enhanced MCO.

The MOT said that the warehousing sector was not subject to the operational limits of essential goods only as it provided storage and unloading services of finished goods to the port.

“The warehousing sector activities do not involve any manufacturing activities.

“As such, the warehousing sector can continue to operate without restrictions on the types of essential and non-essential goods,” it said.

The ministry added that the essential services that were permitted for the transportation and logistics sector included sea, air and maritime transport; goods and public transport; as well as ports and airports.

Also permitted are services to ports and airports such as off dock/on dock depot; free trade zone cargo disposal, ship supplies and supply of clean water; courier/p-hailing services (delivery of goods via private and commercial vehicles); and public transport terminal services. — Bernama

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