JOHOR BARU: Exports of agricultural products to Singapore from January to October increased by 44% compared to the same period last year.
Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said two million tons of vegetables and fruits worth RM3.48 billion were exported to the republic during of the first 10 months of the year.
He said exports are via the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex of the Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) in Johor Causeway here and the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) at the second crossover in Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah.
“The movement control order implemented in March 2020 had no impact on the export of products to Singapore via the BSI CIQ,” Kiandee said in a statement Friday, October 22.
He said this after visiting the BSI CIQ on Friday (October 22) to get a first-hand look at operations. Ronald said 364,012 tonnes of the product were exported to Singapore in 2020, up from 279,218 tonnes in 2019, and that number is expected to increase this year from the 393,189 tonnes recorded from January to October.
He said the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis) Department of BSI also foiled 37 cases of attempted import and release of illegal agri-food products up to last month valued at 1.35 million RM, compared to 38 cases in 2020, estimated at 1.2 million RM. .
“We will continue to strengthen our operations at our borders to ensure food security, disease control and the risk of entry of dangerous pests that could threaten our agriculture and livestock industries,” Kiandee said.