The government has introduced new rules for Brunei and Malaysia-registered commercial transport operators and runners conducting cross-border delivery of goods to curb the COVID-19 spread.
Transport operators are allowed to do point-to-point delivery or pick-ups and must return to their country of origin on the same day, announced the second minister of finance and economy in a press conference on Tuesday.
“The route must be from designated points of collection and delivery as listed in their Job Order Sheet, without transiting. This is to minimise close contact especially when outside of the country,” said Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah.
The minister also said that iMSafe tracking bracelets will be given to transport operators at border control posts to monitor their locations while on duty.
The new guidelines which will be effective on May 6 aimed to ensure smooth flow of the supply chain of goods while miminising impact of COVID-19 to businesses in the country.
Moreover, transport operators and runners are still required to apply for travel permit at the Prime Minister’s Office website www.pmo.gov.bn.
However, access will only be given to runners registered with a company and have a commercial vehicle.
In the guidelines for runners issued by PMO, runners are only allowed to exit the country once a week using one commercial vehicle via two checkpoints namely, Sungai Tujoh and Ujung Jalan at approved Checkpoint Exchanges.
Brunei registered transport operators are given time allowances for every return trip; from Sungai Tujoh and Labu Control Posts not more than five hours while from Ujung Jalan and Kuala Lurah Immigration Control Posts not more than three hours.
All collected goods are required to undergo quarantine at the company’s premises for a period of 72 hours or three days before distributing to customers.
Meanwhile, permitted Malaysian transport operators delivering perishable goods must be escorted by government agencies from the control post to the designated points of delivery in Brunei, as well as the journey back to the border.
On the other hand, registered Malaysian transport operators bringing commodities that do not require permits will only be allowed to deliver or pick-up at the Inland Container Depot located nearby Sungai Tujuh and Kuala Lurah Immigration Control Posts.
All transport operators and runners are required to update their health status daily on the Self-Assessment Application at healthinfo.gov.bn for 14 days after their cross-border travel.
For more details, the guidelines can be accessed at www.pmo.gov.bn or call their hotline at 120.
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