GEODIS appoints Kian Chuan Chang as the new regional customs brokerage director for the Asia-Pacific Region. Chang takes over from Alan Miu, who is retiring.
Chang has extensive experience within the express transportation sector alongside logistics management, transportation, customs brokerage management and third-party logistics (3PL). He has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Imperial College, London and a Professional Doctorate from Central Queensland University.
In welcoming Chang, GEODIS APAC regional president and CEO, Onno Boots says: “With the constant evolution of our customers’ supply chains featuring the establishment or expansion of manufacturing bases in ASEAN markets such as Indonesia and Vietnam, or selling into more countries riding on the e-commerce boom, our customs brokerage team works alongside our customers, guiding their businesses through the different regulatory requirements for trade. Chang’s expertise will lead us to become an even more valuable partner to our customers.”
GEODIS notes that customs brokerage services must, of necessity be based on a local presence in key locations within APAC. There is a requirement for up-to-date knowledge that is specific to industry verticals; hi-tech, automotive, FMCG or retail. New Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and new customs procedures recently introduced by different governments underline the value of trusted customs brokerage advice.
“With an increase in global challenges due to regulatory changes as well as customers’ expectations, we will work to offer a full suite of innovative customs brokerage solutions that focuses on adopting new technologies to deliver accurate customs and trade compliance,” adds Chang.