ONE takes aim at level of red tape surrounding Malaysian ports

ONE takes aim at level of red tape surrounding Malaysian ports

New Japanese containerline Ocean Network Express (ONE) has criticised Malaysia’s ports set up for the huge amount of red tape in the Southeast Asian country.

“I have told the minister to harmonise port terminal operations in Malaysia,” Justin Chuo, ONE’s managing director in Malaysia, told reporters on Thursday, referring to Minister of Transport Anthony Loke.

Loke has responded, saying he will look into the matter.

There are seven major ports in Malaysia, each run by a different authority.

Following last year’s container alliance shake up Malaysia’s ports lost a number of services on the main east-west tradelanes to neighbour Singapore.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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