SCANIA LOOKS FORWARD TO THE CONTINUING AND IMPROVING SUPPORT FOR CUSTOMERS IN AEC
Kuala Lumpur, 14th January 2015 – Malaysian transport companies and suppliers are preparing for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) impact later this year as they embrace the opportunities of the opened borders comprising of Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, The Philippines and Indonesia.
In a Media Roundtable discussion organised by Asian Trucker magazine, representatives from logistics, commercial vehicle companies and the government discussed and clarified the rollout of AEC and what Malaysian companies can do to prepare and enjoy the potential increased in economic opportunities.
Chaired by Stefan Pertz, Editor of Asian Trucker magazine, the panel consisted of Roslan Effendi, Sales Director of Truck & Engine for Scania Southeast Asia; Billy Tee, General Manager of Nippon Express; Tai Qi Sheng, Group Strategy Manager of GiiB and En. Moktar Idham Musa, Principal Assistant Director of ASEAN Economic Cooperation Division from Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI).
While they concurred that AEC will help enhance market access and encourage the free flow of goods, they also raised questions on some of the challenges that might arise with AFTA and who should take lead to address these challenges. Issues raised include legislation changes required for land transporters and tour bus operators, service level agreements for commercial vehicle manufacturers as well as differences in currency and language across borders.
Roslan Effendi, Sales Director for Truck and Engine in Scania Southeast Asia said, “AFTA brings immense growth opportunities to the economies of all countries in ASEAN. At Scania, we anticipate a strong demand for cross-border long-haulage services and we are ready to meet this demand. As a global company with global standards of products and services, our operations are already geared for AEC and will continue to improve as we go along with our customers. With our vast network of service centres in the ASEAN countries and our trans-border service agreements, our customers who are plying routes across borders can continue to count on our support.”
<From left to right: Billy Tee, General Manager of Nippon Express; En. Moktar Idham Musa, Principal Assistant Director of ASEAN Economic Cooperation Division from Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI); Stefan Pertz, Editor of Asian Trucker magazine; and Roslan Effendi, Sales Director of Truck & Engine for Scania Southeast Asia; Tai Qi Sheng, Group Strategy Manager of GiiB.>