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Timber Exporters-Sharjah Ports MoU for growth with logistics

Timber Exporters-Sharjah Ports MoU for growth with logistics

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan — The Timber Exporters’ Association Malaysia (TEAM) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Sharjah Ports Authority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to enhance economic and trade partnerships between the timber industry in Malaysia and the UAE through logistics services.

The MoU was signed by TEAM President Mr. Chua Song Fong and Sharjah Ports Authority, Head of Administration Department-cum-Chairman’s Office Manager, Mr Yaqoub H. Abdulla.

Held in conjunction with the Sustainable Agri-commodity Week (Non-Food Agri-commodities) at Expo 2020 Dubai, the signing was witnessed by the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Hajah Zuraida Kamaruddin, together with the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) Chairman, Madam Hajah Norrida Yusoff and MTC CEO   at the Malaysia Pavilion.

Strategic location

Also present at the ceremony was Sharjah Ports Authority Business Development Manager, Mr Sunil Gangadharan, MTC’s Director of International Business Development Division – Cluster 2 (Middle East, Africa & South Asia) Mr Khairul Anwar, and other dignitaries

The MoU will encourage Malaysian timber companies to capitalize on Sharjah Ports’s sought-after logistics services as well as its strategic location in the Middle East to enhance trade.

“We are very excited about this opportunity to collaborate with Sharjah Ports Authority. We believe this MoU will further drive demand and new trade opportunities for timber and timber-based products into the Middle East region through the UAE,” said Mr. Muhtar Suhaili.

Malaysian timber exporters can benefit from Sharjah Ports’s business-friendly environment, infrastructure, tax exemptions, special incentive provisions, and more.

Timber exports

From January to November 2021, Malaysia’s export value of timber and timber products to UAE totalled RM310.95 million, an increase of 5.8% compared to the same period in 2020.

“The MoU reflects the Malaysian timber industry’s commitment in driving cooperation and trade enhancement with the leading port authority. It is an opportunity to develop long-term growth strategies to expand businesses given UAE’s unique position as a gateway to other markets in the region,” added Mr. Khairul Anwar.

Meanwhile, TEAM President, Mr Chua Song Fong said this tie-up will be a new growth driver for Malaysian timber exporters to stimulate recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. He hopes that this strategic cooperation will further develop the export of timber and timber-based products into the region.