National Logistics Hampered by Regional COVID-19 Quarantines

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Logistics Association said that the government's late plan to enforce a coronavirus (COVID-19) regional quarantine will take its toll on the distribution of logistics. 

    "Because of the government was late [to implement it], other regions ended up enforcing their own rules. This has hampered the distribution of logistics due to the varying policies overseeing freight transportation," said the Association's chairman Zaldi Ilham Masita to Tempo on Monday, March 30, 2020. 

    According to Zaldi, there are a number of regions in the country that have implemented lockdowns, which disrupt logistical distributions as many have closed-off access to warehouses or sorting centers in the affected regions.

    Zaldi said that the association is hoping that the central government will eventually finalize a decision regarding regional quarantines. Zaldi also encourages air carriers not to halt operations. 

    "Many flight schedules have been canceled due to the lack of passengers, this eventually affects the cargo sector," said Zaldi.

    In an attempt to minimize people's mobility, sub-districts in Sleman, Yogyakarta, have applied a regional quarantine policy to stop the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19. The move was made following news that migrant workers in Jakarta were traveling back to their hometowns.

    Possibilities on regional quarantines are being suggested by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut  Binsar Pandjaitan. According to the spokesman for the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment Jodi Mahardi, issues that will be discussed with the President will include the ban on homecoming or mudik. 

    FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA