Indonesia leading port Tanjung Priok’s throughput in January – April, 2020, reached 2.12 million TEUs, showing a relatively stable productivity amid the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak.
The April alone contributed 550,000 TEUs, according to state port operator PT Pelindo II/IPC statement released today, Monday, May 18.
“The trend remained steady amid the pandemic covid-19 outbreak,” said IPC President Director Arif Suhartono. Arif affirmed the pandemic has hit the volume of this port, but it was lower, ranging from 4 to 5% only.
Arif explained that such slight drop during the period was mostly affected by the decrease of export import between Indonesia with China, Japan, and USA. According to data, for oceangoing trade, export/import to/from China contributed the highest compared to others for Tanjung Priok Port.
Earlier, the Central Burau of Statistics BPS released that Indonesia’s export in April dropped by 7.02% year on year, to USD12.19 billion. The import value meanwhile reached USD12.54 billion, down 18.58% from April 2019.
“This pandemic has hit the national and global economy. It needs efforts for recovery. But, as a port operator, we are ready to support the economy recovery through supporting the smooth process of export import,” said Arif.
Since the beginning of covid-19 outbreak in Q1 (first quarter) IPC has taken some key steps in responding the impact of this pandemic, especially in supporting the fluent flow of goods amid the economy activity slow down due to the policy of PSBB (large scale social distancing).
“Any steps we have taken are meant to make sure that all operational of any terminals are running effective, thus any ship calls can be handled normal. We don’t expect that the port will be disturbed during this pandemic,” Arif said, expecting this covid-19 outbreak would end soon.