GEODIS appoints new regional customs brokerage director in Asia-Pacific region
Global supply chain operater GEODIS has appointed Dr Kian Chuan Chang as the new regional customs brokerage director in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr. Chang has extensive experience within the express transportation sector. Skilled in 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. He replaces Alan Miu, who is retiring.
In welcoming Dr. Chang, GEODIS APAC regional president and CEO, Onno Boots said, "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 ecommerce boom, our customs brokerage team works alongside our customers, guiding their businesses through the different regulatory requirements for trade. Dr. Chang's expertise will lead us to become an even more valuable partner to our customers."
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.
Therefore Dr. Chang observed, "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."