Floodwaters make it impossible to move goods to stores quickly. The Navy and Thai Airways being asked to help.
A factory owner and his workers try to salvage goods from the second and third floors of a factory in Ayutthaya that escaped the three meter high flood waters. (Photo: SUNTHORN PONGPAO)
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FLOODING: Shippers call on state to step in, Military, THAI urged to assist logistics by Nareerat Wiriyapong & Nanchanok Wongsamuth
Logistics service operators have asked the government to seek cooperation from the military and the flag carrier to help transport consumer goods amid worries that rising floodwaters in the Rangsit area will further paralyse shipments of goods upcountry.
As part of the main Asia Highway, especially in flood-hit Nakhon Sawan, has remained shut because of high water levels, transport of goods between the northern and central regions or to the Northeast may take one day longer than normal, operators say
"Logistics operators have switched to indirect routes and this require additional time for shipments, resulting in double or triple the fees for shipments" said Tanit Sorat, a vice-chairman of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and head of its logistics industry club.
There is limited supply of vehicles available for product shipments, as only large pickup trucks can be used when floodwater is high. Routes are difficult and sometimes not safe for vehicles to operate in such conditions
One idea on the table is to use military aircraft or the cargo planes of Thai Airways International to ship products to an airport in Phitsanulok.
Dr Tanit said the FTI raised the idea at a recent meeting with Kittiratt Na-Ranong, the deputy prime minister and commerce minister.
Also, the Navy is being asked to provide boats for moving goods in flood-affected areas to help ease existing supply constraints.
"For example, distribution centres of major retailers such as Big C, Tesco Lotus, and 7-Eleven are in Wang Noi in Ayutthaya, where it is flooded. Shipments by road are impossible, and we need boats to help move these consumer products from the distribution centres," said Dr Tanit, who is also the chairman of V-Serve Group, an integrated logistics service operator.
"Usually vehicles use the Nakhon Nayok route to go north instead, but now Rangsit is already flooded with more water arriving in the area," said Thongyu Khongkhan, an adviser to the Land Transport Federation of Thailand. "If this lingers, it is likely that the route to the Northeast will be closed.
Alan Miu, the managing director of TNT Express Worldwide (Thailand), said floods had affected 15-20% of the company's international business. Areas that cannot be reached by truck are being serviced by air.
SET-listed Eternity Grand Logistics Plc, meanwhile, has switched temporarily from transport to evacuation of products affected by the floods.
Managing director Poonsak Thiapairat said 25% of the company's orders had been affected by the floods. The company is also experiencing a labour shortage as truck drivers' houses have been flooded.
Water transport at the piers in Bang Pa-in has also been suspended, with damage to tools and machinery estimated at tens of millions of baht, Mr Poonsak said.
(Source: Bangkok Post, FLOODING: Shippers call on state to step in, Military, THAI urged to assist logistics, 20/10/2011, Nareerat Wiriyapong & Nanchanok Wongsamuth, link)
logistics - the activity of transporting, storing, and tracking goods (sent from one place to another) (See Wikipedia and previous article) การขนส่งสินค้า การขนส่งและจัดจำหน่ายสินค้า
operators - companies doing some business
logistics service operators
urged - advise very strongly to do something วิงวอน (ask, request, encourage, try to get them to do)
military urged to assist logistics
flag carrier - the airline owned and operated by the government of a country (here: Thai Airways or THAI)
transport - to move people or things from one place to another ขนส่ง
transport consumer goods - to move consumer goods from one place to another place (example: from factory or warehouse to a store)
shippers - companies that transport goods by truck, plan or ship
shipment - an amount of goods being moved from one place to another place
require additional time for shipments
consumer - someone who buys and uses goods and services ผู้บริโภค
consumer goods - goods that individuals and families typically buy such as shampoo, soap, food, electronics, etc
paralyse - stop all movement
paralyse shipments of goods - situation when goods cannot be sent or transported between places
worries that rising floodwaters in the Rangsit area will further paralyse shipments of goods upcountry.
step in - get involved in a situation and help solve problems
state - government รัฐ
call on X to Y - ask X to do Y
shippers call on state to step in - goods transportation companies ask the government to get involved and help out
Asia Highway - a long highway that passes through much of Asia including part of Thailand (See Wikipedia)
flood-hit Nakhon Sawan
route - the way that planes, buses, trains, or ships travel regularly เส้นทางของรถ เรือ เครื่องบิน,etc.
direct routes - going straight to a place
indirect routes - going to another place before going to a place
switched to indirect routes - changed the route they usually take to go indirect (around the floods, a detour)
double - to become twice as big, twice as much or twice as many เพิ่มเป็นสองเท่า
triple - three times the number or size of something จำนวนสามเท่า
fees - money that you pay to be allowed to do something ค่าธรรมเนียม
double or triple the fees for shipments
cargo - goods carried in a truck, plane, or train สินคา้ที่บรรจุในตู้สินค้า ขนส่งทางรถหรือรถไฟ (ในภาษาไทย บางครั้งเรียก ตู้คอนเทนเนอร์)
cargo planes - planes that carry goods (cargo) not people (passengers)
vehicles - machines with an engine used to carry people or goods from place to place ยานพาหนะ
limited supply of vehicles available for product shipments
only large pickup trucks can be used when floodwater is high
constraints - things that limit possible action and solutions to problems
supply constraints - when lack of parts or raw materials prevents a factory or business from operating at full capacity (not producing all the goods it could produce)
ease - to make or become less severe, difficult, unpleasant, painful, etc บรรเทา ทำให้ง่าย
ease existing supply constraints - provide the factory with the goods (raw materials, parts) that they need
boats for moving goods in flood-affected areas to help ease existing supply constraints.
distribution - giving or delivering things to many people การจำหน่ายออกไป
distribution centres - warehouse or storage centers from which goods are transported to stores
distribution centres of major retailers such as Big C, Tesco Lotus, and 7-Eleven
integrated - when two things are combined and work together as a effective unified whole ที่รวมเข้าด้วยกัน
integrated logistics service operator
cannot be reached by truck - trucks cannot go to the place (here: because the floods have put the place under water)
serviced by air - bringing goods and people to a place in an airplane
areas that cannot be reached by truck are being serviced by air.
evacuation - moving people and things from a place of danger to a safer place การอพยพ
evacuation of products affected by the floods.
suspended - stopped for a period of time (temporarily)
water transport has been suspended
cooperation - working together to achieve a result that will benefit all sides ความร่วมมือ, การทำงานร่วมกัน
table - to suggest formally in a meeting เสนอเรื่องเข้าที่ประชุม
one idea on the table is - one idea that they are considering is ...
meeting - when a group of people come together to discuss issues and make decisions การประชุม
raised the idea at a recent meeting - suggested the idea at a recent meeting
lingers - staying in a place for a long time
water lingers - meaning: a flood continues
temporarily - only for a limited time; not permanent ชั่วคราว
switched temporarily - change from one location to another location for a short period of time
shortage - when there is not enough of something การขาดแคลน
labour shortage - not having enough workers (to do the work that needs to be done; perhaps not paying enough)
experiencing a labour shortage
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