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INSA, economist slam unfair competition in flagship Tol Laut program

  • Mardika Parama

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 27 2020   /  01:00 am
A tol laut (maritime fast route) ship (tempo.co/File)

The Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) and an industry expert have called on the government to reevaluate the subsidized "Tol Laut" (maritime highway) program to avoid market disruption and unfair business practices. The maritime highway, launched in 2015, is a subsidized shipping program for distributing basic and major consumer goods, as well as steel and cement, to remote regions of the archipelago. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that the maritime highway program aimed to reduce price disparities across the country, especially in eastern Indonesia, generally due to shipping and logistics costs. “We are planning to transform the Seba seaport in Kupang into the logistics hub for [East Nusa Tenggara],” Budi said on Aug. 24 during a webinar the ministry held in collabo...