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Pelindo to upgrade Dumai, Belawan ports to accommodate growing CPO exports

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan, North Sumatra/Jakarta   /   Fri, February 7, 2020   /  07:18 am
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Workers oversee loading activities in the port of Dumai, Riau Islands. (JP/Courtesy Pelindo 1)

State-owned port operator Pelabuhan Indonesia I (Pelindo I) will turn two of its ports into crude palm oil (CPO) export centers as the company beefs up its palm-oil related services, an executive has said. Pelindo I senior vice president M. Eriansyah said on Wednesday the two ports were Dumai Port in Riau and Belawan Port in North Sumatra, both are CPO shipment hubs for Indonesia that have seen growing CPO exports. “Moreover, the government is currently intensively developing infrastructure that is able to accelerate the distribution of goods and reduce logistics costs,” Eriansyah said. The upgrades could help the country better facilitate palm oil exports, a top contributor to total exports in Indonesia. In 2018, palm oil exports accounted for around 10 percent of Indonesia’s overall exports, amounting to $17.89 billion for 32 million tons shipped. Pelindo ...