Indonesia National Importers’ Association (GINSI) expects that the merger of the four state ports operator (Pelindo) – Pelindo I, II, III, and IV, will encourage service efficiency, thus attracting more calls of global shipping lines.
“What we mean is that this merger is not only subjected to cut logistics cost, but furher on efficient service,” said Erwin Taufan, GINSI Vice Chairman for Logistics and Transportation.
“Business players, especially port users, expect the merger will be able to create harmonization and better cordonation, thus any ports throughput have standard and efficient services. And, there will be no gap among the ports anymore,” he said further.
In addition, Pelindo is expected to continue and improve synergy with related stakeholders and associations, especially in formulating service level agreement and service level guarante (SLA/SLG) of all commercial ports under Pelindo.
Basically and in principle, according to Taufan, importers and other business players agree and support this decision. However, this merger must be able to standardize service of all commercial ports nation wide. The merger is also expected to standardize human resources (HR) competence.
“Human resources competence plays key role in improving port service. If port service gets improvement, logistics cost will be lower,” he said.
As the report has said, the merger, expected to be effective in October 1, will make Pelindo more strategic and have more resources in doing development and business expansion.
Noted that merger makes Pelindo one of the leading global port operators. In container sector for example, the merger will make Pelindo to handle 16.7 million TEUs throughput in a year, making it as the 8th largest container terminal operator in the world. This merger will also make Pelindo as a very big company with total asset reaching more than Rp 112 trillion, according to SOEs Ministry.
“We think the target of this merger must be furher than just handling higher throughput. But, what is the most important is that how to improve service, thus more foreigh shipping lines will call o these ports,” he said.