Malaysia: Kontena Nasional Sees Marked Growth In Halal Logistics

By Tengku Noor Shamsiah Tengku Abdullah

SINGAPORE, Sept 19 (Bernama) — Premier logistics company, Kontena Nasional Bhd, sees significant growth in halal logistics.

Chief Executive Officer Hood Osman said the company was definitely growing in the halal aspect of the business.

“Kontena Nasional is moving towards leading the market. In 2012 and 2013, we are going to sustain our market approach and the target, to me, is to be the leader in the halal logistics market.

“We’ve increased our halal warehouse, (we) started at two and up to June, we already have 14 halal warehouses, the growth is significant,” he told Bernama via teleconference from Kuala Lumpur.

Kontena Nasional’s warehouse was the first to obtain the certificate from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) to store halal products.

In terms of halal, Hood said: “Right now we are talking to Port of Rotterdam (in The Netherlands) for a link up and we are also talking to Thailand and Indonesia.”

Right now, he said, Kontena National catered more for domestic logistics requirements, which is about 80 per cent.

“We do help SMEs to export to Europe, Thailand and Indonesia. It is a small scale about 20 per cent of the halal revenue.

“So I would say if we are able to tackle the export side and expand with Indonesia, Thailand and also into Europe, the percentage would be much higher,” he added.