TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Rizal Ramli admitted that he was shocked to know that there is no special location to examine imported goods. Currently, all examinations are being done in the area of Tanjung Priok port.
"I'm surprised there were no buffer zones for hazardous imported goods," Rizal said after a coordination meeting at the Technology Assessment and Implementation Agency on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
Rizal asserted that there should be a special area to examine or quarantine imported goods that are considered to be dangerous, such as explosive materials.
"Fishes that are poisoned and considered to pose high risks should be moved to a segregated location," said Rizal.
Rizal explained that he has plans to move imported goods examination location to the Thousand Island regency. "For extremely hazardous substance, such as dynamite, we have selected the farthest island in the Thousand Island regency, which is Damar Island. We'll drop [the goods] there to be examined," said Rizal.
Rizal said that the lack of a special location to examine imported goods will inevitably affect dwelling time in Tanjung Priok port, and may potentially endanger areas surrounding the port.