IMLOW Asks for Transparency in Process of Relaxation for Port Business Permit

Indonesian Maritime Logistic and Transportation Watch (IMLOW) reminds the government to be transparent in provision of relaxation for port business permit, asking for equal treatment to any parties.

For the transparency, IMLOW General Secretary Achmad Ridwan Tentowi expects that process and procedure for getting the permit relaxation should be done through daring/online service.

“That (port business permit relaxation) is very good. But, for its implementation, it should run properly, meaning that its assessment for getting relaxation should follow the existing rules and regulations. Hence, the process should be transparent. Using digital service is expected to make sure the transparency,” he said in a press release today, Monday, April 20, to Indonesia Shipping Gazette.

He said, the provision of permit relaxation should be based on the principle of fairness, not on like and dislike.

“That are some examples of wrong implementation. We got reports of unfairness in the issuance of recommendation for TPS (temporary freight station) permit by the Port Authority of Tanjung Priok. Since it doesn’t use digital-based or online procedure it is reasonable to say that its assessment is unfair,” said.

Hence, he expects the Directorate General of Sea Transportation to tightly and intensively supervise and control any process of permit provision given by its sub-units at any ports.

Ridwan also noted that the permit relaxation is not only addressed to special terminals (TERSUS) nor terminals for owned business (TUKS), but also for other port activities, such as TPS facilities. Though TPS permit is given by customs, but initial recommendation is given by the Port Authority.

As reported earlier, Directorate General of Sea Transportation has announced to give relaxation in port business permit.

This relaxation relates to dispensation of the permit validity period for the business of dredging, reclamation, TERSUS, TUKS, coastal line utilization, and evaluation of pilotage facilities and infrastructure.

Director for Port Affairs at the Directorate General of Sea Transportation Subagiyo explained that this policy was taken in responding the emergency situation due to the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak.

Subagiyo explained that the policy is included in the circular letter of Director General of Sea Transportation No SE 18/2020. According to the letter, the dispensation is effective for three months, starting from April 17, 2020.

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