Many places in Malaysia have been closed for two weeks, congestion in Port Klang has increased, and logistics delivery has been delayed!
On January 13, local time, the Malaysian government implemented a "movement restriction order" in the capital Kuala Lumpur for the second time. The next day, at around nine o'clock in the morning on January 12, the Royal Palace of Malaysia's Supreme Head of State (that is, the King) issued a statement declaring a state of emergency throughout the country.
In addition to the capital Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian government has also decided from January 13 to 26 in the high-risk administrative capital Putrajaya, Selangor, Sabah, Johor, Malacca and five states and Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and The three municipalities in Labuan implement the "Motion Control Order":
People's travel is restricted to a radius of 10 kilometers, and cross-city and county travel is prohibited; gatherings such as weddings, conferences, and festival celebrations are prohibited; dining in restaurants is prohibited; "necessary economic fields" such as manufacturing, construction, service, and logistics can continue to operate , But it is necessary to strictly observe the epidemic prevention measures and limit the number of office workers.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, police and soldiers set up cards to check passing vehicles. Source: Xinhuanet
Due to the “administrative control order” imposed by the government, during the rush hour of the afternoon, there were few vehicles on several main roads in Kuala Lumpur’s city center, no queues at the subway station, and few pedestrians on the streets.
During peak off hours, there are sparse vehicles and few pedestrians in the central area of Kuala Lumpur. Source: Chinanews.com
Most of the regions where the movement restriction order is restarted are densely populated and economically developed regions in Malaysia, accounting for more than 60% of the country's GDP. In order to reduce the impact on the economy, the Malaysian government announced when it initiated this movement restriction order that it will allow a number of basic economic sectors to continue to operate instead of shutting down most economic activities across the board.
Malaysian Health Ministry Director Nur Hisham also expressed the hope that the movement restriction order will enable the country’s epidemic curve to be “flattened” as early as May.
Malaysia first implemented the Movement Control Order on March 18, 2020. It was originally planned for two weeks. After several extensions, it finally entered the "Conditional Movement Control Order" on May 3 and entered on June 9. "Restoring Movement Control Order" period.
However, due to the worsening of the epidemic situation, it was decided to re-implement the "movement control order".
It is worth noting that after Malaysia restarted the restriction order, some freight forwarders have already released relevant information, speculating that there will be delays in the end delivery.
Port Klang is Malaysia's busiest largest seaport, and it is also in the state of Selangor under the "movement control order". Prior to this, Port Klang had already experienced serious congestion around New Year's Day. Many wholesalers and retailers said that the congestion of containers in West Port of Port Klang caused delivery delays for more than one month, which greatly increased logistics costs.
Recent ship calls at Port Klang
During the coming New Year period, the volume of goods will also be at a peak, and it is not yet known whether congestion and delays can be effectively resolved. If it is still the current situation, then the seller will be bleeding heavily on logistics costs.
I would also like to remind many Southeast Asian sellers to be prepared in advance for the wave of refunds, delays in logistics delivery, and extended delivery time.