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2024, A Rollercoaster Year for Logistic Companies?

Chang Keit Siong
Publish date: Sun, 07 Jan 2024, 03:22 PM
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As we dive into 2024, the buzz in Bursa Malaysia's first trading week has set a vibrant tone, particularly for stocks linked to the bustling Johor Bahru region.

It's not just the political landscape that's heating things up, as the logistics sector is also bracing for a year full of twists and turns.

So, what's in store for logistics companies this year?

Strap in, and let's take a closer look.

December 2023 ended on a tense note with Houthi attacks disrupting the Red Sea routes, a vital passage for global trade.

Giants like MSC, Maersk, and Evergreen had no choice but to reroute, steering clear of these troubled waters.

These aren't small players; we're talking about a group that handles a whopping 60% of global trade.

This shift has sent ripples across the industry, pushing up sea freight rates. Take Maersk, for instance.

They've slapped a Transit Disruption Surcharge and an Emergency Contingency Surcharge on their routes, adding up to $1,000 for a standard 20-foot container from North America to the Middle East. Ouch!

The Panama Canal, our go-to shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific, is tightening its belt, reducing capacity on both Panamax and Neopanamax locks.

The alternative?

The Suez Canal? Well, let's not forget the 2021 fiasco with the Ever Given. A six-day blockage that turned the canal into a no-go for many.

All these global shenanigans point to one thing: soaring shipping fees.

Sea freight, often the cheaper option, is now getting pricier, and don't even get me started on air freight costs.

With crude oil prices still sky-high, the 'ship it by sea' approach isn't as wallet-friendly as it used to be.

So, back to our million-dollar question: Is 2024 looking bright for logistics companies?

Surprisingly, it might be.

With the world's economy picking up pace and political moves favouring business growth, we're seeing more foreign investments flowing into Malaysia.

And who's at the front line, ready to reap the benefits? You guessed it – those in the sea freight game.

In a nutshell, 2024 might just be a golden year for logistics, especially for the players who can navigate these choppy waters with skill.

For investors and industry watchers, it's time to keep your eyes on the horizon; the logistics sector is set for an interesting voyage ahead.

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