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The aim to establish Malaysia as a global Halal hub isn’t a new concern. The government has been working on this progress for several years now. Halal trade is being recognized as a new benchmark to ensure safety and quality of products.


As the only Malaysian port having the most extensive global shipping connectivity, Northport (Malaysia) Berhad offers a vital link in the transport and logistics chain for Halal products’ manufacturersand producers. The country’s move into the global Halal market is on track with the facilities at Northport, allowing distribution to globalroutes that reach out to the more than 1 billion Muslim consumers worldwide.


The global Halal market is burgeoning as Halal consumables are gaining fast worldwide recognition. This is not merely because of the growing number of Muslims around the world, but simply because Halal food  is highly sought after by people from diverse races and religions who look for hygienic and healthy food.


Working closely with logistics providers and relevant bodies, Northport contributes to the supply chain of the Halal trade by ensuring efficiency in the delivery system. A port plays a critical role to facilitate a Halal hub that not only to allow timely transportation of goods, but also to provide a wider range of services to meet the specific requirements of the Halal trade.

Info @ Northport - Halal

Background

As an emerging Halal hub port, Northport has gained wide recognition on its dutiful efforts in developing the Halal industry.


Northport Halal objectives include:


* To become the center of global Halal distribution network


* To become the preferred Halal port partner of world’s major Halal hubs


* To support government’s initiatives in turning Malaysia into a major Halal    Hub in the world


* To initiate research and development program for Halal services in the    maritime industry


Objective

Policy & Values


Northport Halal policy is to define, develop and document processes involved towards the establishment of Halal Quality Management System.


Northport would like to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with relevant bodies and authorities


Northport obtains and continuously maintains Halal certification endorsed by the relevant authorities.


At Northport, we value:

* Knowledge

* Commitment

* Integrity

* Honesty

* Trustworthy

* Quality, Health and Safety

* Consistency

UNDERSTANDING HALAL


Halal is a Quranic term that simply means ‘permitted’ or ‘lawful’. Halal when used in relation to food and other consumables means permissible for consumption and used by Muslims based on the Islamic law, which is the Shariah.


It is the responsibility of a Muslim to ensure that any food consumed or any businesses performed in their daily lives are clean, hygienic and not detrimental to either their health or well-being. Halal promotes cleanliness in all aspects of a person. It is the new benchmark for quality.


Halal trade, refers to the trade of certified quality products that have met rigorous internationally accepted standards in production and hygiene.  

PRINCIPLES OF SHARIAH


Shariah – the totality of Allah’s commands that regulates the life of every Muslim in all aspects. Every Muslim is responsible for his actions and Shariah gives true prospective of this right and duties.


One of the most important principles of Shariah is Maslahah or general welfare that is to secure the welfare of humanity, physically, morally and spiritually in this world and hereafter.


This notion was outlined in the following verses of the Quran:


   Al – Anbia: 107

   “We sent thee not, but as a mercy for all creates”.

    

   Yunis: 57

   “O mankind! There hath come to you direction from your Lord and healing for the         (diseases) in your hearts and for those who believe, a guidance and a mercy’.

Halal certification in Malaysia is issued by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM).













The authenticity of a Halal logo can be identified as follows:


* An eight-pointed star is placed in the middle of the circle.

* The word ‘Halal’ in Arabic is placed in the middle of the star.

* The word ‘Halal’ in Roman letters falls below the Arabic scripture.

* The outer circle of the logo contains the word "Malaysia" in both Roman letters and Arabic.

* Two small five-pointed stars are placed to separate the two words in the outer circle.