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Malaysia to be the hub for Asian timber with massive port project

Malaysia to be the hub for Asian timber with massive port project

Posted on April 22, 2024   |  

Port Klang, ranked as the world’s 12th-largest port and second-largest in Southeast Asia after Singapore, plans to double its annual capacity from 14 million to 27 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Operator Westports Holdings is investing $8.34 billion in the expansion project to meet growing demand and reinforce Port Klang's position as a vital transshipment hub in Asia.

The expansion highlights the need for increased vigilance by Malaysian authorities to address issues such as illegal timber imports and container switching.

Recent legal action against a US furniture chain underscores the importance of enforcing laws like the Lacey Act and customs regulations to combat illegal trade activities.

The port's expansion aligns with global efforts to diversify supply chains away from China, with a growing focus on Southeast Asia for investment opportunities.

Malaysia's 'China-Plus-One' strategy, emphasizing diversification beyond China, complements the region's potential for investment and manufacturing growth.

The new port project, located southwest of Kuala Lumpur, will expand container terminal facilities from nine to 17 terminals through coastal land reclamation.

With the East Coast Rail Line's completion by 2026, connecting Port Klang to the east coast, the port is set to become a central transportation hub in Malaysia, enhancing its strategic significance.