No more APs for vehicle transhipment at ports

Imported vehicles transhipped through local ports such as Port Klang no longer require an approved permit. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Vehicles transhipped from local ports have been exempted from the requirement for approved permits (APs) beginning April 1.

Transport Minister Loke Siew Fook said this means imported vehicles transhipped through Malaysian ports such as Port Klang no longer require APs.

“Under the previous policy, every vehicle entering our country, even if it is not for the local market, needs an AP.

“This made our ports not competitive and most of the transhipment activities moved to Singapore.

“So I recently discussed with the international trade and industry ministry, and we have excluded the AP terms,” he told reporters here today.

He said the exemption of APs was approved by the ministry and executed by the ports.

He also said the government would make major announcements, especially regarding the transport sector, after Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s visit to China at the end of this month.

He said the visit would help resolve the issues that have cropped up between Malaysia and China in the past year, as well as deepen relationships between the two countries.

“I am sure some of these announcements will be very positive for the Malaysian transportation sector,” he said.