Kadin Suggests for No Later than 4 Days

JAKARTA – Jakarta-Chapter Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry suggested the time to stack containers in Tanjung Priok Port for no later than 4 days to ensure yard occupancy ratio (YOR) in the Line I of Indonesia’s biggest port.

Jakarta Kadin Customs Consultation Institution (LKK) Chairman, Syafrizal BK, said the time limit can guarantee the port to prevent from commodity and container congestion.

“We suggest the maximum container-stacking time in Priok of four days and if it exceeds the time limit, the commodity or container will be relocated to Line 2 which is terminal buffer,” he told Bisnis on Monday (2/2).

So far, he explained the regulation of commodity or container relocation made by the related institution at port is unclear so imported commodity owners always suffer from loss.

Currently, the longest stacking time is seven days and the YOR has reached 65%.

“This regulation is, instead, utilized by container terminal operators to draw revenue from storage and they purposefully hold containers longer due to progressive tariff,” he explained.

Syafrizal suggested the maximum time limit to stack imported containers in Tanjung Priok must be cut to four days. Consequently, container terminal operators must prepare additional area as a buffer area for container stacking so there will be no container relocation fee.

According to him, container terminal operator should not draw revenue from storage fee since they have to prioritize stevedoring acceleration service from and to vessels.

“We think the current regulation does not support commodity owners’ interest but only for the sake of business growth at the port’s first line,” he explained.

Jakarta Indonesia Logistic and Forwarder Association (ALFI) Chairman, Widijanto, said the 4-day maximum container stacking time is effective to lower the YOR in the port’s first line.

“Imported container relocation activity from the port’s first line area to temporary storage location (TPS) as the buffer area becomes the responsibility of container terminal operator,” he said.

ALFI has demanded the relocation tariff upon container relocation from the port’s first to second line becomes the responsibility of container terminal operator.

He said relocation occurs due to limited land prepared by port operator for stacking in container yard (CY).

“Whereas, container will clearly go from CY to CY so wherever it is placed, it will become burden for port or terminal operator, not for commodity owner,” he said.

YOR Monitoring

Meanwhile, Tanjung Priok Port Authority Head, bay M. Hasani, asserted his institution is preparing IT-based system to monitor YORs in all container terminals.

Currently, Tanjung Priok Port has five container terminal facilities serving export-import container stevedoring activities namely PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), TPK Koja, Multi Terminal Indonesia (MTI), Mustika Alam Lestari (MAL) and Terminal 3 managed by PT Pelabuhan Tanjung Priok.

The IT-based system will be connected with container terminal operator, Tanjung Priok Customs and Excise, Quarantine Body, Food and Drugs Agency (BPOM), PT Pelindo II, and can be accessed by port operator and service user.

“We targeted the system can be realized this year so everything including YOR rate at port can be more transparent,” he said.

To ensure commodity and logistic traffic ease in Tanjung Priok Port, he added, commodity and container delivery mechanism in Tanjung Priok has been regulated through Transportation Minister Regulation No. KP.807/2014.

The regulation asserted to conduct relocation of commodity and container exceeding 7-day storage time or if YOR usage rate in export-import container terminal does not exceed facility utilization standard limitation of 65%. (Bisnis Indonesia)

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