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Indonesia needs new ports to avoid Tanjung Priok congestion

Indonesia needs new ports to avoid Tanjung Priok congestion

Jakarta: Secretary General of the Indonesian Exporters Association (GPEI) Totok Dirgantoro said Indonesia needed new export-import ports to prevent goods congestions at Tanjung Priok port in 2012.
"I suggest the construction of a new port in Bekasi and Karawang to handle our export-import goods," he said on the sidelines of a meeting for boosting exports and investment (PEPI) in Cikarang on Tuesday.
He said that PT Pelindo I, II and III, are capable of building new ports.
"In this way, industries in Tasik, Bandung, Garut, Karawang, Cilegon, and Cikarang could export their products through those new ports, as 40 to 60 per cent of our exports came from those regions," he said.
Ideas on the building of dry ports in industrial estates, Toto said, would not solve problems of the flow of goods.
"Tanjung Priok is now already too crowded, and the building of a dry port here would have to include roads which will increase investment, especially if it is necessary to build toll road leading straight to the port," he said.  [18/6/08]


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