Transport Ministry grants further relaxation at ports for import and export

Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge)

Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 12): The loading and unloading of non-essential goods for import and export purposes will be allowed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with immediate effect.

In a statement on his Facebook page today, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said that previously, this activity to load and unload non-essential goods to be carried out at premises was limited to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 8pm.

He said the decision was made following a request from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to the National Security Council (NSC) in order to prevent build-up of congestion at warehouses and container yards and further ensure the smooth flow of goods as the economy picks up again.

He said as part of the conditions, operators must comply with all standard operating procedures (SOPs) stipulated by the NSC, including:
i) Full compliance with SOPs stipulate by NSC.
ii) Companies involved in the activities must have permission given by MOT or through the Covid-19 Intelligent Management System 3.0 operated by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
iii) Companies are permitted to operate based on the percentage of employees that have been vaccinated.
iv) Full compliance with health protocols.

He said any violation of the SOPs can result in action taken under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).