News From : DagangHalal.com (24 Jun 2010)
KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 (Bernama) — Kontena Nasional Bhd, Malaysia’s first halal Jakim-certified logistics provider, is spending RM7 million to RM10 million next year as part of its expansion plan to meet rising halal logistics demand nationwide.
Its chief executive officer Hood Osman said the investment would be used to buy an additional 50 multi-conventional trucks and for other enhancements to its existing facilities.
The national container haulier and logistics services provider was certified as a halal logistics service provider in warehousing and transport by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) recently.
“With our existing capabilities and facilities, we hope to capitalise on the huge opportunity in the halal industry. We want to offer total solutions for logistics, especially to small and medium entrepreneurs (SMEs),” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Third World Halal Research Summit 2010 here Thursday.
Up to May this year, Kontena Nasional had carried out 216 tonnes of halal goods worth RM450 million, a reflection that there is still a huge potential to be tapped, said Hood.
He said with the growing international demand for halal products, Kontena Nasional hoped to position itself as the preferred ancillary service provider in the country, thus filling the gap in the halal production and distribution chain.
The services offered include halal storage and warehousing, both containerised and conventional halal transportation, halal distribution, halal shipping, halal freighting for sea and air cargo, samak service for containers, customs facilities and other halal value-added services.
Hood said as part of the company’s plan to cater to demand by customers, the company was in the midst of applying halal certification for three of its warehouses in Penang, Johor and Port Klang.
He said the company was expecting the halal operation to contribute RM7 million to RM8 million to the total revenue this year.
Kontena Nasional, a subsidiary of NCB Holdings, recorded a turnover of RM221 million last year.