The term “halal” refers to what is permissible or lawful in Islamic law – and it plays an increasingly important role when it comes to logistics in predominantly Muslim countries. This applies particularly to the handling of foodstuffs and other fast-moving consumer goods, including, for example, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. These goods only retain their “halal” status if they are transported in containers that have undergone a ritual cleansing process and have been transshipped and stored under precisely defined hygienic conditions.
One such country, where halal logistics play a key role and where DB Schenker serves a large number of customers, is Malaysia, an emerging state in Southeast Asia. As a result, the logistics service provider has consistently aligned its operations to comply with these strict standards and has twice received the relevant certification. As early as 2016, Schenker Malaysia was successfully accredited with the IHIAS 0100:2010 for meeting the international halal standards for logistics. Last year, one of the company’s most strategically located logistics centers in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, was certified by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM).