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27 Jul 2022

By Benny Lim.    Photo:Mladen

Digital informatization upgrade of Kuantan port in Malaysia

The port of Kuantan in Malaysia has fully launched the use of information management systems such as Multi-Function Terminal Production Operation System (MTOS), Integrated Administrative Management System (SAP), IJM Workplace (IJM Workplace), and further enhances port digitization and information.


After the construction of the unmanned (automatic) weighbridge is completed and put into use, the driver only needs to follow the instructions of the light to swipe the card. Measurement and weighing can be completed in five seconds, greatly reducing labor and time costs, and improving the efficiency of truck entry and exit and overall economic benefits.


Especially since 2020, the epidemic began to ravage the world and caused damage to the overall supply chain, such as soaring freight rates, shortage of space, lack of manpower, outdated port facilities, coupled with the recent Russian-Ukrainian war, and US inflation caused the demand dropping. The global supply chain flows ups and downs, with great fluctuations, so it is particularly important for port upgrades. At least during the unstable logistics, one of the problems has been alleviated to continue to provide better services for shippers and carriers.


Shanghai Supply Chain Gradually Eases but Hurdles Remain

Port delays and trucking shortages in Shanghai are easing, although major hurdles remain. Traffic into the city is back to normal, and they believe it has returned to around 80% of what it was before the lockdown. Freight conditions in Shanghai are likely to return to normal within the next one to two weeks.

Port operations in Shanghai are also improving. Daily container throughput is about 95% of normal. Shipping delays have been significantly reduced, with container ships waiting an average of 31 hours outside Shanghai as of June 1, compared with 69 hours in late April.

Port and shipping stocks rose in early Chinese trade on Tuesday. Shanghai Port Group rose 2.3%, Rizhao Port rose more than 6%, and Guangzhou Port rose by a limit of 10%. Cosco Shipping Holdings Ltd rose 4.7%.

While the number of export containers entering Shanghai could eventually be seen increasing, the number leaving Shanghai "remains low".


The below is the feedback from China and Southeast Asia branches in week 25,



Freight rates in the US West and US East are still dropping, and there is a strike in the West Coast, many customers are avoiding to transit from West Coast to IPI port.


The space and the freight rate remained stable.


Hong Kong


Due to the pandemic, transportation through Hong Kong has been blocked, and the policy has not been fully recovered.


The space of this week is more stable than last week.




The market price fluctuates greatly, but the space is sufficient. The current epidemic policy in Shanghai is constantly changing, which has a great impact on the truck transportation.



The price of the US is similar to last week, the shipping schedule is inaccurate, and the delay is getting serious

LCL warehouse entry has back to normal

Truck drivers still need a 24-hour nucleic acid report, green code plus travel code, and some areas need to report or apply for a pass one day in advance



This cargo volume of this week in Xiamen still not yet increase, and the prices has been slightly lowered again compared to last week.



This week, the space and price are relatively stable, and the transit from west coast to the inland will definitely suppress the port.

In terms of transportation, truck drivers still need 48 hours of nucleic acid



The spaces are abundant, and the carrier can release spaces subject to roll.

The LCL warehouse is still having a bad congestion, and it takes a day to queue up




The shipping costs are rising in the third quarter but exports continued to expand. The space and container issued situation is relaxed but the advance booking is necessary. The schedule delay around 1-2 days. 


UPS has launched a new route from BKK,THAILAND to its intra-Asia hub in Shenzhen, China to boost international trade opportunities for businesses in Thailand. They will operate 5 days a week, from Monday to Thursday, and on Saturdays.



Exhibitions on electrical technology, green power open in HCM City from 20 to 22 jul, expected to attract 20,000 visitors from more than 300 exhibitors from many countries, including Germany, France, Russia, Taiwan and South Korea, with leading brands. This will offer an ideal opportunity for businesses in the electrical equipment and energy industries to promote their brands.

Orient Overseas Container Line (“OOCL”) is switching to Electronic Bills of Lading (“eBL”), in order to enhance the efficiency of the global supply chain, reduce the carbon footprint of each shipment, and bring customers the ultimate shipping experience. 

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