Food & Beverage Impact: Monitoring Update – Malaysia (17 APRIL 2020)
April 24, 2020 | MEASURES, MALAYSIA
Updates on the third phase of Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia
(15 April to 28 April 2020).
- Following the extension of MCO, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has provided details of additional sectors authorised to operate.
- On 16 April, in media released from MITI, it was mentioned that as a safety measure, business shall ensure all employees who are allowed to work during MCO are free of COVID-19. In this regards, the FMM (Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers) are seeking clarifications from MITI, especially if the requirements shall be applied for those companies that received approval during the MCO phase 1 & 2 period.
- The MITI will implement electronic endorsement for approved Preferential Certificate of Origin (PCO) through the online ePCO system. This is only applicable to those PCOs approved from 13 Apr onwards.
- The fourth round of exemption to clear import and export cargo of all goods will start from 20 April to 23 April 2020.
IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
- For businesses that have obtained prior approval from MITI for MCO phase 1 & 2 can continue to operate with existing approval letter.
- Companies are encouraged to reapply via MITI online system to obtain the new format of approval (QR code) to ease the enforcement and verification by the authorities.
- For businesses which are allowed to operate during the MCO period, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Manufacturing must be fulfilled by businesses during the operation.
- FIA is working closely with members to understand the industry concerns with regards to the operations during MCO period.
- FIA is planning to reach out to National Security Council (NSC) for further engagement.