MASkargo Expands i-Port Transhipment Service to Cambodia and Vietnam

KUALA LUMPUR, 14 October 2003 – i-Port Transhipment, the world’s first airport within the seaport by Malaysia Airlines Cargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo), is now available to forwarders and shippers in Cambodia and Vietnam.

This groundbreaking service, jointly promoted by MASkargo and Malaysian ports, provides cheaper and faster cargo delivery to Europe, Australasia, Eastern Asia and North America, through MASkargo’s home base at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Through this exercise, companies delivering cargo need only to send their cargo by sea to Malaysian ports, which will then be transported by road to MASkargo’s Advanced Cargo Centre (ACC) at KLIA, then by air to respective destinations. Shippers using this service can expect cost savings of up to 40 percent.

At the ports, the cargo will be consolidated in the special ‘air zone’ area and placed on MAS truck flight and transported to KLIA for their final destination, all using simplified customs documentation process and fast turnaround times.

The truck flight will not be confined to cargo loaded only with MAS flights, as MASkargo will handle cargo for other foreign airlines calling at KLIA.

For Cambodian and Vietnamese companies, the cargo will be delivered by sea to Kuantan Port in the Malaysian east coast, and then transported by lorry to KLIA. Malaysia’s excellent transport infrastructure will ensure fast delivery and efficient handling of cargo.

Alternatively, there is also the option of transporting cargo via other Malaysian ports such as Port Klang’s Northport or the Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) in the southern state of Johore.

MASkargo is conducting a series of road shows in Cambodia and Vietnam beginning today to promote the i-Port service. The team is led by Malaysia Airlines Senior Manager for Corporate Affairs (Cargo), Rosli Md Yasin.

Rosli said the service was soft-launched in Malaysia beginning December 2002, and saw its official reincarnation as i-Port at the end of May 2003.

“This service offers a viable alternative for shippers. For example instead of sending cargo to Amsterdam directly by ship, you can send the cargo to Malaysian ports and have it air flown there at a reduced cost and time.

“For shippers in Cambodia and Vietnam, through i-Port, we now offer you a new concept, the world’s first ‘airport within a seaport’,” Rosli said.

MASkargo expects the two countries to be a major market to the i-Port transhipment programme, due to their position as one of the region’s fastest growing economies.

The I-Port programme began with Port Klang’s Northport on 20 December 2002, and was expanded to Johore’s Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) on 26 May 2003. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has awarded the three-letter code XPQ to Port Klang and ‘ZJT’ to PTP, recognizing both ports as an ‘airport’ operation within a seaport. For Kuantan port, IATA has awarded ZJB as its code.

Both MASkargo and the relevant port authorities are moving on a fast track basis in promoting and making the logistics alliance concept workable and beneficial for the parties concerned. In this connection concerted efforts made to facilitate the operational aspect of the strategic alliance by getting the cooperation and support from the Royal Customs Department.

The operational procedures and documentation are already in place on both sides, which also extend to include infrastructure support. All Malaysian ports affiliated to i-Port have allocated space in their commercial zone for MASkargo’s airport office within the seaport.

MASkargo, the air cargo division of Malaysia Airlines, operates two owned and three leased B747-200 freighters, and its freighter services currently cover KLIA, Penang, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Osaka, Shanghai, Amsterdam and Dubai and new destinations like Taipei and Johannesburg. It also offers belly space capacity on Malaysia Airlines passenger fleet serving almost 100 destinations worldwide.

MASkargo is ranked among the top three air cargo carriers in Asia at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards 2003 (AFSCAs) in Singapore, with its home base recognized as Asia’s best in its category.

At KLIA, its home base is the ACC, a 108-acre complex designed specially for MASkargo’s sophisticated state-of-the-art cargo handling facilities and touted as one of the region’s advanced cargo centre.