Re-export of Plastic Waste Containers Needs a Tight Supervision: IMLOW

Indonesia Maritime Logistic Transportation Watch (IMLOW) appreciaates government decision to re-export containers carrying plastic waste containing hazardous and toxic substances (B3 waste) that had entranced via some Indonesia’s ports.

As the report said, the government, as released by Directorate General of Customs, has just decided to re-export thousands of container boxes carrying those B3 waste.

But, IMLOW General Secretary Achmad Ridwan Tento, warned for a tighter supervision on the re-export process, worrying a potential abandonce case in which importers would not do re-export and let those containers stored at the terminal or temporary terminals (TPS).

“We don’t expect the earlier cases in which many containers were abandoned,” Ridwan said in a press release this morning (Friday, September 20), naming containers carrying illegal beef and iron waste are some examples of earlier cases.

He said it would create unexpected problems when those contaiiners would be abandoned. “There is no law and regulation yet that can punish the importers when they abandon them,” he said.

IMLOW told the earlier cases in which the government decided to re-export illegal beef imported by PT. KSU.

But, KSU then abandoned as many as 42 containers carrying illegal beef, resulting in an environment pollution to the port.

“We don’t want this to take place again, of course,” he said. Hence, we urge a tight control and supervision for the process of re-export for those containers,” he said.

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.

On a recent press conference, 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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