Shippers seek lower logistics costs

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The Thai National Shippers’ Council has asked the government to guarantee clear measures to reduce tangible logistics costs.

At a seminar on developing Thailand’s logistics standards to welcome the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), council president Nopporn Thepsittha said the private sector agreed with the government’s infrastructure investment plan which aims to reduce the country’s logistics costs to two per cent.

However, he said in order to really help entrepreneurs lower logistics costs, which will help them become more competitive, the Thai National Shippers’ Council wants the government to guarantee that Thai logistics costs would be reduced at all levels.

According to Mr Nopporn, transport by rail takes three steps to reach a port, for the process starts from factories by truck followed by rail, then by trucks to ports as the last destination.

The existing transport system uses only trucks to carry goods to ports, he said.

The council’s export target this year is expected to grow three per cent. Thai exports this year grew only 0.6 per cent during the first seven months.