In first quarter (Q1) 2020, the container throughput of Indonesia’s leading port Tanjung Priok dropped 4.2% year on year, but its monthly-based throughput was growing up, according to the port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II/IPC.
The cumulative throughput during January-March reached 1,569 thousand TEUs, 69 thousand lower than 1,638 thousand TEUs in the same period last year (2019), or down by 4.2%.
“In the first two months (January-February), Priok throughput was down 5.13%. But, in total of Q1, the drop was lower, thanks to the increasing volume in March. It is true it was lower than last year, but the trend is going better since March,” President Director of PT Pelabuhan Indoneia II (Persero)/IPC Arif Suhartono said on Tuesday, April 7.
Arif affirmed this trend was in line with the industry in China that started to normal since mid-March.
“During the covid-19 outbreak, there was a drop in export import to and from China, while China is the biggest contributor in international container for this port. Now, the economy activity in China has come to normal,” Arif said, expecting for a better growth in second quarter (Q2).
According to Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA), the volume of cargo exported and imported to and from China has declined by 14 to 18%.
INSA chairwoman Carmelita Hartoto recently said that shipments to other countries such as Singapore and South Korea have also declined.