Facing 40% Market Drop, Container Depos Ask for Some Incentives

H. Muslan, Chairman of Asdeki

Amid the coronavirus (covid-19) that hit any economy activities including logistics and transportation, the market of Indonesia’s container depo has dropped significantly, according to the association Asdeki (Indonesian Container Depo Association).

Hence, for the business survival, the association has asked for incentives of tax relaxation and social insurance (BPJS) cut-off for workers.

Chairman of Asdeki H. Muslan explained that depo’s volume dropped by 40% during the coronavirus outbreak, resulting in an income drop, but affirmed that all depo were opened normal.

“There were drop both of inbound and outbound (export and ex-import) containers,” Muslan said, adding that these would result in the operators’ revenue decrease.

To make the depo continue operation and help them for a business survival, Muslan expect for government incentives. Asdeki has sent letter to Chief Minister of Economy Erlangga Hartarto, asking incentive in tax relaxation.

“We expect tax relaxation in any components of depo business including PPh 21 (income tax), PPh 25 ((tax that is paid in instalment), and PPh 24 point 2 in view of the fact that most of the depo areas are rent from both private companies and BUMN (state owned companies) or BUMD (local government companies),” he said.

“Asdeki is also asking for cutting BPJS payment until 50%,” he said.

In addition, Asdeki also expect for a longer time for container open stake all for export, import, and container relocation at the ports throughout the country. “We ask to extend it from three days to seven days with free of charge for storage,” he said.

Muslan also explained that amid the covid-19 outbreak all depos are opened, but the operational system depends on each depo. “For the operational, Asdeki has asked members to do adjustment in line with their situation. But the point is that we continue to serve our customers,” he said.

But, Asdeki has set three alternatives for depo operation during the outbreak: first, depos are open from 08.00 – 22.00 during workdays (Monday – Friday) and 08.00 – 16.00 on Saturday. Second, depos are open from 08.00 to 18.00 during workdays and 08.00 to 16.00 on Saturday and third, they are open from 08.00 to 24.00 within work days and from 08.00 to 20.00 on Saturday.

“We also have set up operational SOP during the covid-19 outbreak,” he said.

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