KADIN Questions the Follow up Step of Plastic Waste Re-export Process

Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) is questioning the follow up step of re-export process of containers carrying import plastic waste, urging to fasten the re-export process. 

Quoting information reported by business stakehokders, Anwar Satta, KADIN Head for Commitee of Export/Import and Domestic Goods Flow said that hundreds of containers of those import plastic waste were still arrested at Tanjung Priok Terminals.  

“Those containers have disturbed the flow of goods at the terminals. Hence, they have to be re-exported immediately,” Anwar told reporters on Wednesday, October 2. 

Anwar actually appreciates the Customs and related institutions decision to re-export those containers. Some of them were re-exported on September 18, 2019, but Anwar questioned the remaining.

“We are questioning the follow up step for the others that are still arrested at the terminals. Business players need certainty when hundreds of conatiners will be re-exported,” he said, explaining that hundreds of containers have been arrested for over than 30 and 60 days at terminals and TPS (temporary freight station). 

As reported earlier, last month (September 18), Directorate General of Customs and related institutions re-exported nine 40ft container boxes carrying import plastic waste from Koja Container Terminal (TPK Koja). 

On his remark speech for the re-export process, Director General of Customs Heru Pambudi said that those containers would be re-exported to their country of origin, in line with the instruction of the President Joko Widodo.

The port related business playears, Anwar said, expected for a certainty and called for a follow up action to re-export the remaining containers. He affirmed those containers had disturbed the activities at the port as they contributed to the higher YOR  (yard occupancy ratio).

He said, KADIN will soon conduct a forum group discussion (FGD) among stakeholders to do coordination on the follow up step for those containers. 

Directorate General of Customs earlierly explained that there were 2,041 boxes containing import plastic waste arrested at some ports, including Tanjung Perak Surabaya, Batam, Tanjung Priok, and Tanggerang. As many as 1,024 containers are arrested at Tanjung Priok.

Those containers are originated from several countries, including Australia, Belgium, French, Germany, Greek, Netherland, Slovenia, United States, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and United Kingdom.

Director General of Customs Heru Pambudi stated that all those containers would be re-exported.

Heru explained, such decision refered to the President Instruction. As many as nine boxes were directly re-exported soon after the decision, but hundreds were still arrested at some terminals and TPS of Tanjung Priok Port.

According to data, there were as many as 810 boxes of 40-ft still being arrested at Tanjung Priok.

They spread through some terminals and TPS, including at Agung Raya Warehouse (40 boxes); TPS Airin (111 boxes); TPS Buana Amanah Karya (47);  TPS Dharma Kartika Bakti (92);  TPS Kodja Terramarin (32), TPS Multi Terminal Indonesia (200); TPS Primanata Jasa Persada (21), TPS Transporindo Lima Perkasa (135), and TPS Wira Mitra Prima (93 boxes).

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