Malaysia is one of the top wood product exporters in the world, with wooden furniture, plywood and sawn timber forming the majority of the items.
As a member of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), it means that Malaysia’s timber policies and practices are in line with the ITTO Objective 2000. To be recognised by an international body for sustainable forestry management practices which were developed locally in 1901 intimates that sustainable forestry practices are more than adherence to legislation, it is a tradition.
Having a certification scheme is great, but enforcement is always the tricky bit. Amidst the rage against illegal logging, displacement of aboriginal people and animals, it is worth taking note that under the new government, the military, police, customs border patrol and even bush rangers have been ordered to come together and pool their resources to enforce the laws protecting the environment, human & animal trafficking as well as illegal logging.
The Malaysian Timber Council has a database of forestry product suppliers who practise sustainable forestry management, so buyers can contact them for accredited & above-board timber and wood suppliers. You may have to pay a little more, but you know that you are funding the future of the local forests and helping Mother Nature maintain the equilibrium between commerce and conservation.
Being ready has never been more serious business in than in 2D jobs (Dirty & Dangerous). From airtight standard operating procedures to permanently running around in covered from heel to head in safety gear, every day is a movie waiting to be filmed. With that much tension, no wonder those working in the firing line are forced to take 2 weeks off in a month to maintain their sanity.
A week ago, I was fortunate enough to get some chat time with Airgas Technology, a prominent South East Asia player in safety gear. Airgas made a name for themselves by offering not just top safety equipment but were one of the pioneers to offer training and consultancy in the OSHA arena.
The key to a safe environment is prevention but should an incidence occur, the most important is to save lives and that is where being protected by the gear at all times is paramount. Safety gear includes masks and tanks for breathing, fire retardant or chemical protection clothing and safety shoes. In some cases, a helmet is required as well.
In some ways, cargo insurance would be akin to the safety gear protecting these everyday heroes.
Not to say that shipping is dangerous but there still remain risks. Health and safety measures have improved remarkably through the years but there will still be the occasional trifling crash, theft, delay or explosion.
Cargo insurance ranges from straightforward protection of the cargo during the journey to corporate liability policies which help you recover costs should the unavoidable happen.
Speak to us for your options of cargo protection and cost recovery.