While the oil price in Germany is currently comparatively high, Nagarajan Yanaparakasan, General Manager Seafreight at a. hartrodt Malaysia in Shah Alam near the capital Kuala Lumpur, observes the opposite: "Here, the oil price has fallen because during our lockdown, there is an oversupply." Since June 1, 2021, the Malaysian government has imposed a total lockdown. This affects a. hartrodt's business with 150 employees and 7 branches in Malaysia. Nagarajan hopes that the oil & gas sector will soon again contribute up to 40 percent to freight forwarding revenue in Malaysia.
Pioneer in oil & gas services
Malaysia is located at the center of major oil and gas explorations in the Southeast Asia region. The hub is served by the seaports of Port Klang and Johor Bahru (Port Tanjung Pelepas & Pasir Gudang) on the Malay Peninsula, as well as Labuan, Bintulu and Miri in East Malaysia (Borneo). "We have been the first national subsidiary of a. hartrodt to focus on this sector since our establishment in 1983," reports Nagarajan. And today, worldwide locations at oil & gas hubs benefit from this know-how.
Assistance for any customs regulations
The specific services of a. hartrodt Malaysia for the oil & gas sector include seafreight, from LCL shipment to oversized cargo, as well as airfreight – from small parcel to charter. "We also organize cross-border land connectivity to and from Singapore and Thailand," says Nagarajan. For door-to-door deliveries, the experts handle all customs clearance. "We control any customs regulations for our customers, for example, the correct single tariff HS code (Harmonized System) for project shipments or import and export permit applications," explains Zulaidah Baharuddin, General Manager, Customs / Government Licensing at a. hartrodt Malaysia in Shah Alam.
In Malaysia, a. hartrodt is licensed by the state-owned petroleum company Petronas and as a shipping agency. "We handle the complete vessel clearance for supply ships in the oil & gas industry," emphasizes Zulaidah. The customer benefits from one-stop services for customs, immigration, shipping and health departments.