Halal Supply Chain: The Main Mission of MITRANS

By: Nur Hamizah Binti Mohd Radzi
Research Impact and Ethics Unit, IRMI, UiTM

SHAH ALAM: Halal logistics industry seems to be new to the society as the halal issue is typically synonymous with food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

   According to the head of Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS), Dr Harlina Suzana, halal logistics is important in Malaysia to ensure that the final product is halal and safe for consumption.

   “Halal products are often associated with the correct way of slaughtering, manufacturing and processing according to sharia. But, the consumers are less aware of the importance of the halal logistics such as handling, packaging, management, inventory, storage, warehousing and transportation of halal products,” she said.

“Halal logistics also play an important role in the Malaysian halal industry. This is because contamination may occur if the product is not stored at appropriate temperatures and not separated from the non-halal products during the delivery process,” she added.

    Currently, Malaysia is merely focusing on the passengers’ travel rather than putting effort to develop Malay as a halal cargo hub. During the implementation of transformational project of Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) as air cargo logistics hub, MITRANS advocated that Malaysia should take the opportunity to become a halal logistics cargo hub.

     Logistics, infrastructure and the trading facilities for halal products are the key elements for the export and import business. In order to be a holistic halal hub, Malaysia should provide all forms of trade facilitation for halal products. This includes slaughterhouses, processing and cold storage facilities in the distribution centre and any gateway identified as a control centre for export and import of halal products.

    If we can make it happen, Malaysia will not only be known as a halal hub, but will also generate economic growth as a halal- goods transit centre for regional countries and worldwide manufacturer of halal goods. For an example, livestock to be exported must be brought into Malaysia beforehand, to be through the slaughtering process in order to get the halal certificate from Malaysian Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM) before being exported to the foreign countries.

    MITRANS was established in 1982 and is recognised as the Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) in 2014. To support the Malaysian halal industry, MITRANS has collaborated with government and private agencies particularly Standards Malaysia and JAKIM to review the halal logistics standards as well as provide training and consultation service to the companies that want to obtain halal certification from JAKIM.

    Internationally, MITRANS was given the mandate to lead the Technical Committee 10 on Halal Supply Chain at the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) based in Istanbul to develop the standards for halal supply chain for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries since January 2016.  Currently MITRANS is actively involves in conducting halal supply chain training for industries in the UK, Belgium and Hong Kong.

    “Due to the lack of awareness on halal logistics, MITRANS is actively engaged in consultation services and training to promote the importance of halal logistics with the aim of ensuring that the halal products are safe for the consumption of Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” she added.

For further information, please contact Dr Harlina Suzana at Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor or through email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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