Thursday, 27 February 2020

Logistics Agency Asks Govt to Separate Ports

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  • An aerial picture of loading and unloading activities at Tanjung Priok Port Jakarta, Thursday (21/2). TEMPO/Tony Hartawan

    An aerial picture of loading and unloading activities at Tanjung Priok Port Jakarta, Thursday (21/2). TEMPO/Tony Hartawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - In order to solve the ongoing problem of dwelling time, Indonesian Logistics Agency (ALI) has demanded that the government separate the ports for export and import needs in Jakarta. "A feasible choice is making Marunda port the export port and Tanjung Priok port the export port," said head of ALI Zaldy Ilham Masita when contacted by Tempo, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

    Another option to solve the dwelling time hurdle that has constantly happened in Tanjung Priok port is to operate the Cilamaya port. The port's construction and operation can slash logistics fees because since the port is proximate to export producer factories in Cibitung and Cikarang. He also predicted that the Kalibaru port can increase their container traffic capacity.

    Zaldy informed that the Tanjung Priok port can currently only make space for 8 million trucks per year. With the addition of Kalibaru port, the traffic capacity of container trucks can be added to 16 million trucks per year. However, he reminded, the Kalibaru port is scheduled to only start operating since 2017. "Which means for four years, the dwelling time hurdle will not be solved," he said.

    He suggested the government to separate the export and import port, claiming that if the government takes the matter seriously, the separation can be completed in only one year by providing fast freight trains that connect Marunda with Tanjung Priok.

    MARIA YUNIAR