New cargo security system running smoothly
JAKARTA: The government says that the implementation of a regulation on a new air-freight security management system for international cargo went smoothly Monday despite worries of a potential bottleneck.
“Everything ran smoothly and we did not see much cargo queuing,” the Transportation Ministry’s Air Transportation Director General Herry Bakti Gumay said on Monday.
The cargo-security system was implemented for domestic destinations on Sept. 3, with six regulated agents inspecting the shipments.
Herry said that bottlenecks affected domestic destinations only on the first day of the system’s implementation.
He said that the special team — involving the Transportation Ministry, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), business associations, the Trade Ministry, the Finance Ministry and six regulated agents — established to find a better way to implement the system and deal with existing problems such as slow service and high tariffs, had worked well.
However, Kadin vice chairman for monetary, fiscal and public policy Hariyadi Sukamdani said that the ministry should not have implemented the regulation as no agreement had been reached on tariffs.
“The tariff is very expensive for businesspeople and we have to settle this matter first,” Hariyadi said.
Regulated agents currently charge between Rp 350 (3.9 US cents) to Rp 600 per kilogram, which was considered cheap for businesspeople, Herry said.