GINSI Regrets and Condemns Imports of Plastic Waste

photo: Erwin Taufan, GINSI General Secretary

Indonesia Importers’ Association (GINSI) is so regretful on the entrance of container import carrying plastic waste that now being arrested at Tanjung Priok Port.

As reported earlier more than 60 boxes of import containers suspected carrying plastic waste were being arrested at Tanjung Priok, no decision yet weather they would be released or re-exported.

GINSI condemns importers of doing import of such plastic waste and blames any authorized parties to let those boxes can enter the Indonesia’s port and territory.

GINSI General Secretary Erwin Taufan stated to press this morning (Friday, September 13) that the cases of importing plastic waste had taken place for several times, proving a poor control of related authorities.

“There must be something wrong. Whenever those containers have been unloaded at the terminal, they are totally under customs authority control. The customs must know the information relating cargoes soon after the document have been submitted. Or the importers may do manipulation of the documents so the contaoners can be unloaded,” said Taufan.

Taufan expects the problem will be tackled as soon as possible and not let them stay longer at the terminal. “They can be released or re-exported,” he said.

The longer stay, according to Taufan, will threaten the port with stagnancy and disturb fluent flow of goods to/from tje tetminal. “The yard occupancy ratio (YOR) at the terminal and temporary station (TPS) will be higher,” he said.

Currently, Tanjung Priok Port has five terminals for export/import activities, incluing Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), Terminal Peti Kemas Koja, New Priok Container Terminal One (NPCT-1), Terminal Mustika Alam Lestari (MAL), and Terminal 3.

According to GINSI, the importation of those plastic waste can actually be detected from the beginning if the importation process involves the surveyor and the importer runs it according to the standard operating procedure (SOP).

“There are regulations that actually can prevent the cases. But, sometimes, importers by intention break them and do manipulation,” Taufan said.

Earlier, Priok Customs Office (KPU) stated that hundreds of import containers suspected carrying plastic waste were arrested at Tanjung Priok Port since their import documents were not cleared yet.

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