NORTHPORT, Oct.22, 2009 (News Agencies) .
Northport is banking on its halal tag to help exporters and shipping lines tap into the US$500 billion global halal industry market, Business Times reported.
The port hopes to further strengthen its global market reach now that it has become the first Malaysian port to be awarded the halal certification by the Halal Industry Development Corporation.
As a Shariah-compliant port, it expects to become a key component in the logistics and transportation chain and logistical integration.
"Northport, served by 123 shipping lines and connected to more than 300 ports worldwide, is particularly well positioned to exploit the vast potential in the expanding halal consumer product market," said Northport managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Basheer Hassan Abdul Kader.
He said the port has extensive dedicated facilities and services to ensure strict compliance with the Shariah requirements and standards.
The port offers designated areas for packing and unpacking of inbound and outbound products, as well as dedicated cold facilities.