Dr Wee: Import and export logistics activities can operate 24/7 with immediate effect
PETALING JAYA: Loading and unloading activities for import and export purposes will be allowed 24 hours a day with immediate effect, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said in a statement on Sunday (September 12) that the ease of movement of goods nationwide will make doing business easier for companies.
“Previously, this activity was limited to Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 am to 8 pm.
“The decision was taken following a request from the Ministry of Transport to the National Security Council (NSC) to avoid congestion in warehouses and container parks and to further ensure the flow of goods while the economy is picking up, ”said Dr Wee.
He added that operators must comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) stipulated by the NSC, which include full compliance according to the current phase of the National Recovery Plan (PNR).
“Companies involved in these activities must have clearances given by the ministry or through the Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) 3.0 operated by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti).
“Companies are allowed to operate based on the percentage of employees who have been vaccinated,” added Dr. Wee.
He also said that a company can operate at 60% of its current workforce if 40% of its employees have been vaccinated.
With 60% of employees vaccinated, the company can operate with 80% of its workforce.
“A business can operate with a 100% workforce if 80% of its employees have been vaccinated against Covid-19,” he added.
Other SOPs also include health protocols as stipulated by the Department of Health, including temperature monitoring, recording with MySejahtera, maintaining physical distance, wearing face masks, and using hand sanitizers.
People with symptoms of Covid-19, those residing in reinforced movement control areas, people under surveillance and people in quarantine are not allowed on the premises.
“The ministry wishes to recall that any violation of the associated SOPs may result in measures taken under the Act of 1988 on the prevention and control of infectious diseases (Act 342).
As always, the ministry will continue to monitor conditions on the ground to ensure a healthy and conducive environment for participants in the logistics and transportation industry, ”said Dr Wee.
Companies are encouraged to refer to the latest SOPs at www.mkn.gov.my.