Forwarders expect all regulations, including the ones related toll roads operation should be coherent with the spirit and the vision of creating national logistics efficiency.
Chairman of Indonesia Logistics and Forwarders Association Chapter West Java (ALFI/ILFA Jabar) M. Nuh said it in responding some contradictive policies and regulations relating toll road operation that potentially create a slower flow of goods.
Though sending appreciation on significant achievement of government’s infrastructure programs, especially new toll roads constructions, but M. Nuh criticized the policy relating their operational as well as the expensive tariff.
“We appreciate those government’s policy and program in building toll roads. But, unfortunately, some policies relating their operation seem contradictive with the vision to create fluent flow of goods and cheaper logistics cost,” he told the press yesterday (Tuesday, July 9).
He gave some examples of the policies that contradictive with the vision, including the issuance of Circular Letter from Jabotabek Transportation Management Board (BPTJ) No:AI.3018/1/1/BPTJ.2019 dated July 8, 2019 on the Use of Toll Gate Koja Barat for vehicles of category III , IV and V.
The Circular Letter states that all vehicles coming from Cilincing, Marunda, and surroundings and not doing loading/unloading at port/terminals of Tanjung Priok, should pass into through the gate in of Koja Barat. The policy has been effective since July 8, 2019.
“This is burdening the transporters since the tariff of Koja Barat toll is very expensive,” he said.
In addition to the expensive tariff, this policy will also potentially create a longer time trip since the access to Tanjung Priok Port is always in a very heavy congestion.
In addition to this policy, M. Nuh also criticized the regulation on time limitation of truck operation to Jakarta – Cikampek Toll at 06.00am – 10.00pm only as well as the ban of trucks during long holidays.
“Those policies are contradictive with the spirit and vision of the government’s program on infrastructure development in a bid to improve the competitiveness of Indonesia’s products in the global market and finally accelerate the national economy growth,” M. Nuh revealed.
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M. Nuh pointed out that those policies will give more burdens to manufacturers and forwarders in West Java, saying those policies will halt the growth of export from West Java that are mostly shipped from Port of Tanjung Priok.
“Until now, there is no other choice for exporters and transporters from West Java except using Tanjung Priok as the gateway for exporting,” he said.
M. Nuh even called for an acceleration of the completion of the construction of Patimban Port as an alternative. “In view of those obstacles from the access to Tanjung Priok, the business players from West Java expect the Patimban Port be ready soon as an alternative for export gateway to the global market,” he said.