Maritime Logistics in ASEAN: An Investment Guidebook

About The Guidebook

In its most basic sense, an integrated economy is one in which all its constituent parts are connected to one another. By that modest standard, the ASEAN economy is still fragmented both between and even within each of its member countries, as there are still many regions virtually unconnected with each other. Transportation costs are still one of the most forbidding factors halting ASEAN into becoming an extensively integrated economic community and is therefore obstructing the region from reaching the vast economic potential of its 600 million strong population.

Because a majority of all trading between nations is done through the sea (and a good deal of trade is done through inland waterways), it is readily apparent that a robust maritime logistics sector is a prerequisite to releasing ASEAN’s still latent economic promise. Although the governments of ASEAN Member States have taken great strides in improving its infrastructure and modernizing their maritime logistics apparatus, businesses -both domestic and foreign- will find that there are still many unrealized opportunities in ASEAN’s sea transportation, seaport development, shipyard, and ship maintenance industries, -among others- that have yet to be realized.

The publication of the “Maritime Logistics in ASEAN: An Investment Guidebook” is part of the larger project that aims to familiarise business actors from within and beyond ASEAN about business opportunities and challenges deriving from the full implementation of the AEC. Specific to this Guidebook, this publication is specifically intended to encourage greater investment to be made into the region’s maritime logistics sector by businesses from both within and beyond ASEAN, especially those from Europe. Aside from the official websites of ASEAN Member States’ relevant agencies, the information presented in this Guidebook is also based on available information from credible sources from international organisations (e.g. World Trade Organisation, International Trade Centre, the World Bank, and so on) and private sector bodies or organisations. Whilst it is the intention of the authors to present the information in the Guidebook as uniformed as possible, available information from some countries may differ from those available in others. Notwithstanding such challenges, the authors acknowledge the increasing transparency across ASEAN that made the completion of this project possible.

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02 October 2017

Maritime Logistics in ASEAN: An Investment Guidebook

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