Flat-rate haulage:Govt must act to prevent inflation

 PC@Selangor DAP office on the issue of “flat rate” for haulage. Ng Wei Aik(Political Secretary of SEC GEN DAP) on my left and Lau Weng San (Selangor DAP Publicity secretary) on my right. Francis Chang (PJ Action Team leader) is not in the picture.

The Government should advice CHAM and AMH to stop imposing the new tariff for haulage to prevent another round of inflation  


Media statement by Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP CEC member and NGO bureau chief on Saturday, 30 Dec 2007.  

The decision to proceed with a “flat rate” by Malaysian hauliers has met with a strong protest among the Malaysian exporters and importers. We are of the view that the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry and other relevant ministries (MITI, Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development, Finance, Transport) should intervene immediately to prevent Malaysian consumers for paying higher cost as a result of the new tariffs for the haulage of containers. We also believe that the new tariffs,if implemented will certainly make Malaysian goods less competitive in the world market.   We condemn Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui for not responding to the letter jointly written by FMM, Malaysian National Shippers Council, SMI Association Malaysia, Malaysian Plastics Manufacturer Association, Malaysian SMR Rubber processors Association, Federation of Rubber Trade associations of Malaysia and Malaysian Concentrate Latex Processors Association.

These bodies have described the “flat rate” plan as “unjust”. If the Government can control the fares of taxi and school buses, why can’t they control the charges for haulage?

These associations have voiced their protest, saying it is a form of price fixing or cartel.Several businessmen have complained to the DAP that such move would inevitably push up the cost of haulage for the 20 footer containers by 100%. It is unlikely that the cost would be absorbed by the exporters, processors and importers. The burden of cost increase will certainly be transferred to the Malaysian consumers in general.

If the Government allows the two associations to increase haulage charges, the cost of transporting a 20 footer container from theNorth Port to Kota Bharu would be increased from RM 1,651 to RM 3,302. And this cost of haulage has not included the road toll charges and fuel surcharge ofRM185.60 and RM411.76 respectively. 

I was told that a 20 footer could only fit in 720 packs of milk powder. Just imagine the cost of transporting per pack after imposing the new rates. The new additional cost would of course be transferred to the parents.   The higher cost would also affect the competitiveness of our exporters and processors.

According to a reliable source, the 20 footer containers are more popular; they accounted for about 58% of the market, while the 40 footer containers take up the remaining 41%. The 45 footer containers is only about 0.2 %. In a letter dated 25 Nov 2006 jointly issued by the Container Hauliers Association of Malaysia (CHAM) and Association of Malaysian Hauliers (AMH), it was stated that w.e.f. 1 Jan 2007, all haulage charges shall be computed based on the current 40 footer rate regardless of container size whether 20 footer, 40 footer or 45 footer. The two associations cited cost increase as the reason for imposing the single box rate tariff. They argued that the current 20 footer tariff is outdated and no longer reflects or enables the recovery of the true costs of operation today. But we like to point out that the hauliers were allowed to impose fuel surcharges from May 2006, and even the toll fees will be added on to the cost of transport. The hauliers have no reason to increase their cost by 100%. We urge the Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development to suspend the new rates until a negotiation was done between the hauliers and the users. The ministry under Datuk Mohd Khaled Nordin is responsible for the issuance of licenses to logistics and transport companies.

We urge CHAM and AMH to hold a meeting with FMM and other associations to reach a compromise and work out the new tariffs in the interest of everybody.   Some of the businessmen told us that an increase of 10 to 20% for the 20 footer would be more reasonable.

DAP will present a memorandum to Chin and Khaled and also both AHM and CHAM on the matters next week.

Guang Ming and Sinchew have the stories…

20與40呎貨運箱收費統一
運輸費變相漲100% 推薦給朋友
updated:2006-12-30 20:21:03 MYT

(八打靈再也訊)廠商申訴,馬來西亞貨運箱運輸公會(CHAM)及馬來西亞運輸公會(AMH)致函向業者表示,明年1月1日起,原本半價的20呎貨運箱運輸費與40呎貨運箱的運輸費統一。這意味著,運輸費變相上漲100%。

民主行動黨非政府組織局主任劉天球週六在記者會說,這2個公會是於11月25日致函給業者,包括廠商、入口商及出口商,以便統一貨運箱運輸費。對方的理由是舊價已無法反映現今的經營成本。

他說,2公會提及,20呎貨運箱的運輸成本比40呎的來得高,目前只有大馬一個國家的20呎貨運箱價格還停留在半價。

衝擊比漲過路費還大

“根據廠商指出,由於大馬的公路並不寬敞,20呎的貨運箱非常適用,因此接近60%的貨運箱都是20呎。如果公會實行新價,這表示運輸費上漲100%,所帶來的惡性循環衝擊甚至比過路費上漲還大。”

他指出,屆時,所有日用品的運輸費將起價,影響所有的產品,包括奶粉、農產品、製造業、棕油等。

他說,成本高漲,貨品也會漲價,屆時消費人必須用更高的價錢購買用品。此外,貨物出口國外的運輸成本高漲,貨品價格調高,導致對外的競爭力大大削弱。

他表示,7個代表廠商的公會接獲運輸費上漲的信件後,曾致函至種植與原產業部及企業發展與合作社部,向他們表示起價不合理,但該部門至今沒有回應。

他指出,這7個公會包括大馬廠商聯合會、大馬全國承運協會、馬來西亞中小型工業公會、大馬塑膠製造商公會、大馬橡膠加工廠商公會、大馬橡膠貿易商公會及大馬濃縮膠汁加工廠商公會。

據業者指出,7個公會曾上門找馬來西亞貨運箱運輸公會及馬來西亞運輸公會商談,但對方不願會面及不回應,完全沒有商量的餘地。

劉天球:政府勿坐視不理
應召公會廠家協商

根據新的運輸收費,原本運輸至哥打峇魯的20呎貨運箱費用是1651令吉(不包括過路費及額外費用),漲價後變成3302令吉。

民主行動黨非政府組織局主任劉天球指出,若運輸費漲10至20%,廠商仍可接受,但如今的漲幅高得離譜。政府應該控制影響甚大的運輸費,不能坐視不理,否則將影響大馬的經濟。

他促請2個公會暫緩漲價的行動,政府應召集公會與廠家協商,制定新的價格。

行動黨雪州宣傳秘書劉永山也說,企業發展與合作社部部長拿督莫哈末卡立曾在3月間表示,商業車輛業者不可隨意起價,然而貨運箱運輸業要調高價錢,政府卻沒有處理。

另一方面,光明日報記者致電馬來西亞貨運箱運輸公會瞭解情況,但截稿前電話一直無人接聽。 (光明日報‧2006/12/30)

2 Responses to “Flat-rate haulage:Govt must act to prevent inflation”

  1. Jim Says:

    Probably these two buggers couldn’t be bothered like Pak Lah.

  2. kevin Says:

    can you please mail me all the haulage charges to me. Every places (FOB Port Klang & Fob Pasir Gudang).

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