Malaysia Freight & Logistics Market Study - Market Trends, Analysis & Forecasts to 2023
The Malaysian freight & logistics market was estimated to be worth USD 53.45 billion in 2017. The Malaysian freight forwarding industry is highly competitive, due to a large degree of fragmentation in the market. Despite the fragmentation, the market is largely tied by the regulatory requirements for establishment and operation. For instance, Royal Malaysian Customs department’s issuance of license is mandatory to operate in the custom brokerage services in Malaysia.
The multinational players have more business resources in securing global servicing contracts with multinational companies, and thus, are able to provide comprehensive services for freight forwarding, freight tracking, and monitoring, and other distribution solutions. Additionally, their large transshipment bookings and presence in multiple regions give reliable business guarantee to the shipping lines, which is out of scope for the local players. Furthermore, many global manufacturers want to keep single distribution contracts to make their operations lenient and traceable. For instance, Ford Motors, a leading automotive producer, has appointed DHL as its distribution partner globally. Growing e-commerce has opened the Malaysian market for global players, and these companies are welcoming this gesture as a market expansion opportunity. The Digital Free-trade Zone (partnered by Alibaba), is a key development initiative to track within the Malaysian e-commerce fulfillment market, as it is expected to make Malaysia an e-commerce logistics hub for the region and globally.
Insights on the Shipping Industry
Malaysia has a total coastline of 4,675 km (2,905 mi), and peninsular Malaysia has 2,068 km (1,285 mi), while East Malaysia has 2,607 km (1,620 mi) of coastline. Malaysia has the 29th longest coastline in the world. The prominent ports in Malaysia, which account for the major share of goods traded are Port Klang, Johor Port, Port of Tanjung Pelepas, Kuantan Port, Penang Port, Bintulu Port, and Kemaman Port. The Malaysian shipping industry has been growing exponentially over the years. The strategic location of the ports of Malaysia, coupled with the low cost for docking, acts as a prominent driver for the market. There was a 17.5% overall growth rate of Malaysia's container port throughput from 2013 to 2016.
Port Klang saw 10.8% growth in 2016, registering 13.17 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in container-handling, compared to 11.89 million TEUs in 2015. Port Klang accounted for the largest share of sea cargo through Malaysia. The high growth rate of this port is attributed to several factors, which include its efficient and productive terminal operators, strong support from Port Klang’s shipping and logistics community, and the supply-demand dynamics of port facilities, as well as advanced state-of-the-art cargo-handling equipment.
Among the ports in Malaysia, Kelang and Tanjung Pelepas account for the largest volume share of container throughput, which was about 86.9% in 2016. Kelang had the highest volume share of 53.2% and Miri accounted for the smallest volume share of 0.1% in 2016. XX port had the highest CAGR 6.6% over 2011-2016, followed by Pulau Pinang, at a CAGR of 3.6%.
Insights on Contract Logistics
The demand for contract logistics in Malaysia is driven by the growth in e-commerce and pharmaceutical sectors. Several multinational companies have expanded their presence across the country to serve the supply chain. Also, the preference for same-day delivery has created a shift toward local courier services that are closer to end users. Demand for contract logistics to facilitate e-commerce business is increasing, due to highly transactional nature of the e-commerce business, and hence, there is a requirement to convert such requirement for fulfilment logistics into medium-term/long-term. E-commerce in Malaysia has grown significantly over the past five years. The initiatives taken by the government in Digital Free-trade Zone (DFTZ), trade with China, and strong support from projects by the Alibaba group, have contributed to this growth. Additionally, there are enormous opportunities for the contract logistics operators, owing to escalating number of online purchases, domestically.
Tasco, the country’s leading logistics firm, is expected to penetrate into the cold chain logistics segment. In this regard, the company has also acquired 100% of Gold Cold Transport Sdn Bhd at MYR 185.62 million, and has made a proposal to acquire six parcels of land in Indah for MYR 113.83 million. The company plans to acquire the cold chain logistics division of MILS at MYR 9.9 million from Swift logistics. The way forward for this deal is expected to be laid out by the end of April 2018, if and once the conditions related to the acquisition going forward are met as required. This acquisition of MILS and GCT is expected to make the company strong in the end-to-end logistics services, especially for the food, pharmaceutical, chemical, electronics, and other segments. Similar agreements between Tasco and Yusen Logistics had shown significant impact on the contract logistics sector.
Key Developments in the Market
December 2017: CEVA logistics secured a partnership with Ace Turtle, an omni-channel platform company, for cross-border trade solutions in Southeast Asia. As per the agreement, CEVA will provide international freight forwarding services to Ace Turtle for countries, like China to India, China to Singapore, India to Malaysia, the United States to Singapore, and similarly from Europe to Asia-Pacific.
JVK International Movers Ltd, a subsidiary of JWD Infologistics PCL, acquired Ocean Air International Company Ltd, a homegrown freight forwarding agency. The company will now offer its services under the brand name of Total Logistics Solution Provider to the existing customers of JWD. The THB 83 million deal will help both the companies to expand their market size as an integrated logistics solution provider.
Major Players: DB Schenker, DHL, Yusen Logistics, Sinotrans, Tasco, Tiong Nam Logistics Holdings, Xin Hwa, CEA Project Logistics, and Ceva, amongst others.
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Current and future of Malaysian Freight & Logistics Market outlook
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End-use Industries that are expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period
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