Logistics Players Applaud Reactivation of Jakarta-Surabaya KA Logistics

The Indonesia Logistics and Forwarders’ Association (ALFI/ILFA) applauds and supports the reactivation of railway-based logistics (Logistics KA), the logistics service connecting container terminals of Pasoso in Tanjung Priok Jakarta and Tanjung Perak Surabaya.

In addition to streamlining the logistics business process, the service is expected to be able to support the smooth flow of goods and minimize congestion at the land transportation access to/from Tanjung Priok.

This railway service reactivation, according to ALFI Chairman Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi will absolutely help the logistics players and users, giving them another alternative mode of transportation while efficiency is expected to go better.

“ALFI strongly supports this step as it offers another choice of transportation mode. And this is not a choice of business players around Tanjung Priok, but also the areas around, including Cilegon,” Yukki said in press statement this morning (Saturday, June 5, 2021).

Yukki, also as chairman of the ASEAN Federation of Forwarders’ Association (AFFA), stated further that the BUMN (state owned enterprises) collaboration between PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) and PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Persero) remains a concrete step in realizing government programs related to the smooth flow of goods and spurring Indonesia’s logistics performance Index (LPI).

“Logistics transportation via railway mode of transportation can provide added value to the logistics industry and national ports and supporting industries (hinterland), thus getting a better logistics service connectivity,” said Yukki.

Yukki expects this reactivation will help to cut the logistics cost from currently 21-23% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) to 17-20%. In addition, this also an alternative for cargo delivery.

As reported, the Indonesian Railway Enterprise / KAI (Persero) inaugurated the connectivity of the container transport train route from Tanjung Perak Surabaya to Pasoso Terminal, Tanjung Priok. This was marked by the departure of 10 series of carriages with a capacity of 20 TEUs from Tanjung Perak port to Tanjung Priok, on Thursday (3/6/2021).

The logistics train service to the container terminal of Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya, was last operated on March 30, 2016. In the re-operation, PT KAI has made a number of preparations, such as procuring materials to replacing the rail.

President Director of PT KAI Didiek Hartantyo said the reactivation of the railway line which is integrated with the container terminal of Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS) is in line with KAI’s vision of becoming the best transportation ecosystem solution for Indonesia.

The reactivation of this integrated railway service was realized under a good collaboration between PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) and PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III) and Pelindo III’ subsidiary PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS).

Through this reactivation, loading and unloading activities which earlier carried out only at Kalimas Station, can also be done through TPS.

According to Didiek Hartantyo, the integration between the port and railways remain an implementation of MoU between KAI and Pelindo III in November last year (2020).

“On behalf of KAI, we express our deepest gratitude to Pelindo III and TPS for the spirit of this collaboration to create synergy in the form of connectivity between rail transport and ports,” Didiek said in press statement Yesterday (Friday, June  4).

Didiek stated that the reactivation of this logistics transportation is a very important stepping stone. This can provide added value to the logistics industry and national ports as value creators and make them more competitive.

After the reactivation process, the TPS has 2 train lines, each of which is able to accommodate 10 boxes of 40ft container. The commodities served at the Surabaya Container Terminal are export-import multi-commodity containers.

With the integration of rail transportation with this port, KAI’s freight partners can now carry out loading and unloading at the Surabaya Container Terminal, Tanjung Perak Port.

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