They argue that this latest policy to reduce port dwelling times will raise logistics costs.
Loading and unloading activities at PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), Tanjung Priok Harbor, Jakarta. Agung Samosir|KATADATA

KATADATA - The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and 15 port service user associations have denounced the introduction of a progressive tariff of 900 percent for stockpiling containers at Tanjung Priok port, applicable from 1 March. They argue that this latest policy to reduce port dwelling times will raise logistics costs.

The chamber’s vice chair of logistics and supply chain management, Rico Rustombi, said that the new rule, which is based on the decree of the board of directors of Pelindo II, is in breach of a regulation of the minister of transportation, which allows owners of goods or importers to keep their goods at the port for three days.

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As reported earlier, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs under Rizal Ramli is working hard to cut dwelling times at Tanjung Priok, Jakarta. The ministry’s second deputy for natural resources and services Agung Kuswandono said that average dwelling time at the port as of 14 March had reduced to 3.64 days. However, the President has instructed that dwelling times be further slashed to 2-3 days a month.

The Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry for Maritime Affairs has prepared seven measures to further reduce dwelling times. One is to impose a fine on containers stockpiled at the port. As of 1 March, loaded import containers are subject to a progressive tariff of 900 percent of the base rate from the second day onwards. However, Agung said that there was an error because the penalty should not apply until the third day. Loaded and empty export containers will be charged a levy of 200 percent of the base rate, which will apply from the sixth to the tenth day. On the 11th day onwards, the cost per day will increase to 300 percent.

(Read: Businesses Reject Container Stockpiling Tariff Surge)

Other attempts to lower dwelling times include deregulating licensing regulations, revamping the track system and the physical inspection of goods, and constructing railway tracks. Other measures are implementing online payment systems at customs, improving technology and information systems, and seeking alternative ports near Tanjung Priok to accommodate container companies.(Read: WidodoAims to Reduce Dwelling Time at Tanjung Priok Port to 3 Days)

Maria Yuniar Ardhiati