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Malaysia Shipping Report

Published 19 November 2014

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Malaysia Shipping Report

Strong Growth Rate Set To Ease In 2015

Activity levels at Malaysia's main ports will grow moderately in 2015, on the back of continuing economic expansion and a good trade performance. Gross tonnage and container volume growth will pick up as both exports and imports continue to grow, despite a slight easing of domestic consumption. Port Klang and Port Tanjung Pelepas will also benefit from expansion projects and developments over the last two years. Tonnage growth at both will lag slightly behind GDP, with box traffic growth leading GDP and, in the case of Port Klang, exceeding 7%.

The Malaysian economy surged ahead in 2014, driven forward by strong export demand and dynamic domestic consumption. Although we remain positive in our outlook for 2015, we believe one of those two engines of expansion - the domestic consumer market - is going to lose some of its vigour. GDP grew by 6.2% in Q114 and by 6.4% in Q214, persuading us to raise out estimate for full calendar 2014 growth to 5.8% (up from 4.5% previously). Our forecast for 2015 is that growth will ease back to a slower, but still impressive 4.2%.

We think export growth will remain pretty strong, as there is evidence of a sustained recovery in global demand for electronics and semi-conductors, both key products of the Malaysian manufacturing sector. However, we do expect government action to cool the boom in the domestic consumer market, particularly given the relatively high levels of household debt. The authorities have already sought to reduce liquidity in the market, and a tightening of interest rates to restrain inflationary pressure is on the cards.

Headline Industry Data

  • The real value of Malaysia's total trade will rise by 4.5% in 2015, marginally down on the 4.7% rate estimated for 2014.

  • Total cargo volume handled at Port Klang will rise by 1.4% to 202.33mn tonnes in 2015, while volume at the port of Tanjung Pelepas will rise by 3.7% to 131.02mn tonnes.

  • 2015 box traffic at Port Klang is...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Business Environment
Industry Forecast
Port Klang Throughput
Table: Major Port Data, 2012-2018
Table: Trade Overview, 2011-2018
Table: Key Trade Indicators, 2011-2018
Table: Top Import Partners, 2004-2012
Table: Top Export Destinations, 2004-2012
Market Overview
Malaysia Container Shipping Market Overview
Industry Trends And Developments
Company Profile
MISC Berhad
Shipping - Global Industry View
Container Demand:
Container Supply:
Container Rates:
Global Company Strategy
Maersk Line
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Evergreen Line
COSCO Container Lines Company (COSCON)
Macroeconomic Forecasts
Table: Malaysia - Economic Activity
Demographic Forecast
Table: Malaysia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 ('000)
Table: Malaysia's Population By Age Group, 1990-2020 (% of total)
Table: Malaysia's Key Population Ratios, 1990-2020
Table: Malaysia's Rural And Urban Population, 1990-2020

The Malaysia Shipping Report has been researched at source and features latest-available data and Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent forecasting, critically analysing international transport of dry bulk and containers. The report evaluates the global commodities and trade backdrop, alongside in-depth country-specific analysis of trade prospects. The report also contains company profiles covering leading multinational and national shipping companies and analysis of latest industry news, trends and regulatory developments in Malaysia.

BMI's Malaysia Shipping Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, business investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the shipping industry in Malaysia.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent shipping industry forecasts for Malaysia to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Malaysian shipping market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Malaysia through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments.
  • Exploit the latest competitive intelligence and company SWOTS on your competitors and peers including multinational and national companies.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI's key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering shipping, major investments and projects and significant multinational and national company developments.

SWOT Analysis

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of the state's shipping sector, which carefully evaluates the short- and medium-term issues facing the industry.

Market Overview

Analysis of the capacity, terminals and planned development of the major ports in each country, including data on throughput and total tonnage.

Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2008-2012) and forecasts to end-2018 for all key industry and macroeconomic indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:

Major port freight throughput (tonnes/teu); overall freight throughput (teu); total imports (US$bn) and exports (US$bn).

Company Profiles

Company profiles include business activities, leading products and services, company strategy, trends and developments and economic performance analysis.

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