Tanah Abang Logistics 'Crippled' by Rally



Laila Afifa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaBusinesses fear that the rally since May 21 would affect the movement of export-import activities. The flow of goods through the Tanjung Priok Port is also feared to decline as logistics activities around Tanah Abang are crippled.

    "From my observation, there are about 10 containers of garment exported. There aren't many for imports," general secretary of the Indonesian Logistics and Forwarder Association for Jakarta, Adil Karim, said on Wednesday, May 22.

    Adil said that around Tanah Abang and Petamburan the export activities with African destinations are quite busy. In addition, there are logistics activities along Jl KH Mas Mansyur, Jl Wahid Hasyim, and Petamburan for shipping between regions. These businesses are disrupted.

    However, according to ALFI's observations, goods activities at Tanjung Priok are still normal.

    "We hope everything will end quickly. We have been hoping for growth for a while now, especially since imports have slowed due to the elections and campaigns," Adil said.

    The May 21 and 22 rally started peacefully until the Tarawih prayer, which was around 20:00 on Tuesday. But then chaos ensued after some people started to attack the police. The riots spread to Tanah Abang Market, which is only a few meters away from the Bawaslu Building. Until this morning, there is still unrest in the location.