The Jakarta Post
The country’s main sea gateway, Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta, for all its shortcomings, has been hailed as the one to beat when it comes to container handling.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the average dwell time at the nation’s largest port currently stood at 3 to 3.2 days, which compares to six to seven days at other big ports. Authorities have been simplifying permit procedures at the port’s one-stop integrated service office over the last two years.
“We want major ports, such as North Sumatra’s Belawan Port, East Java’s Perak Port and Soekarno-Hatta Port in South Sulawesi to follow the system of Tanjung Priok Port to cut dwell times,” Budi said at a press conference in Jakarta on Sunday.
On Saturday, Budi had urged the four state-owned port operators—PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (Pelindo) I, Pelindo II, Pelindo III and Pelindo IV— to speed up services in a bid to shorten dwell times at major ports. Procuring more cranes and providing 24-hour services were ways to speed up port operations.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set an ambitious dwell time target for the country’s ports, demanding that cargo be handled in no more than 2.5 days. Expanding ports and reducing logistics costs are among his top priorities to improve Indonesia’s businesses competitiveness. (rez/evi)