KOTA BAHARU, March 4 — Kelantan-based exporters should explore Thailand and China markets, which are now wide open to Made-in-Malaysia products and services, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said today.
He said the exporters could use the land route to sell their products to Thailand as Kelantan and Thailand were neighbours while China was Malaysia’s largest export market.
“There’s a suggestion to build a port in Tok Bali, Pasir Puteh, to facilitate Kelantan-made products to be exported to China via ships. It’s a good and important suggestion,” he told reporters after launching “Matrade-With-Entrepreneurs-and-Exporters Programme” here.
Mustapa said 20 major export companies in Kelantan, whose exports were worth RM1.48 billion last year, but their export value was negligible when compared with the overall national export worth RM695 billion last year.
The minister said products exported by Kelantan exporters are electrical and electronics goods, rubber, timber, sawn timber, petroleum products and pharmaceuticals.
He urged entrepreneurs and exporters in the state to fully benefit from the assistance and incentives extended by his ministry to expand and entrench their businesses.
On China’s import ban on raw edible swiflet bird’s nests from Malaysia, Mustapa said the relevant authorities were drawing up standard procedures that are acceptable to all parties engaged in the industry, including China.
He hoped the ban, which has affected over 2,000 swiflet farmers, would be resolved soon to avoid a massive loss to the industry.