The Great Production Shift: How Can Companies Succeed in Moving Production Into South and Southeast Asia? [VIDEO]

Posted by Marko Vuksanovic
Blog originally posted on 27/06/2024 05:45 AM


A migration of manufacturing is sweeping across South and Southeast Asia. Small and large nations alike are emerging as powerful new manufacturing centers, attracting companies eager to establish or expand their production facilities.

Watch Marko Vuksanovic, Tradewin’s Principal for the Asia Pacific region, and Justin Kyngdon, Principal of Expeditors’ Supply Chain Solutions for Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, shed light on the trade landscape in South and Southeast Asia and offer valuable insights to help you navigate the exciting possibilities this region presents.

The World Bank reports, “Growth in South Asia is expected to be strong at 6.0% in 2024, driven mainly by robust growth in India and recoveries in Pakistan and Sri Lanka…In India, which accounts for the bulk of the region’s economy, output growth is expected to reach 7.5% in FY23/24 before returning to 6.6% over the medium term, with activity in services and industry expected to remain robust.”

“A recent LinkedIn poll conducted by Expeditors targeted companies considering a shift to South Asia. The overwhelming majority of respondents indicated ‘regulations/customs/compliance’ as their biggest concern.”

Encouraged by government investment, companies are no longer just transferring existing production lines. We're witnessing a wave of brand-new factories being built, with countries such as India leading the charge. This signifies a long-term commitment to the region and a belief in its potential for sustainable growth.

However, navigating the trade regulations and customs procedures unique to each nation can stop businesses from making the leap into the region. Understanding these intricacies is crucial for optimizing efficiency and maximizing the benefits of operating in the most diverse continent in the world. Underscoring this point, a recent LinkedIn poll conducted by Expeditors targeted companies considering a shift to South Asia. The overwhelming majority of respondents indicated "regulations/customs/compliance" as their biggest concern.

The good news? There's a silver lining. By strategically utilizing South and Southeast Asia's free trade agreements and developing supply chain infrastructure, companies can discover opportunities to reduce costs and streamline their supply chains. This could involve setting up regional distribution centers or leveraging manufacturing incentives offered by individual countries.

Written by MarkoVuksanovic and Justin Kyngdon

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Topics: Asia

Blog originally posted on 27/06/2024 05:45 AM

Marko Vuksanovic

Written by Marko Vuksanovic

As Principal of Tradewin in the Asia Pacific region, Marko manages Tradewin’s practices in Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, China, Hong Kong and India. Prior to joining Tradewin, Marko worked in several capacities in the logistics industry including managing freight forwarding and customs operations. Marko has years of trade compliance experience and adding value to supply chains through various duty mitigation methods, involving Tariff Classification, Tariff Concession Orders, Valuation, Duty Drawback, Free Trade Agreements, and industry assistance schemes. Marko also assists clients in understanding the complexities of customs and trade compliance, and implementing programs to mitigate and manage associated risks, including AEO/Trusted Trader programs. Marko is a licensed Customs Broker in Australia and is fully accredited by the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources. He holds a Bachelor of International Business from the University of South Australia.