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Jakarta cutting red tape to reduce dwelling times at ports

Jakarta cutting red tape to reduce dwelling times at ports
The Indonesian government has now set its sights on bureaucratic processes to help cut dwelling time at its ports, with a new policy that is touted to integrate risk assessment on goods imported and exported through Indonesia's ports, local reports said.

The Indonesia Single Risk Management policy is meant to standardize and streamline procedures across 18 institutions or ministries that currently evaluate imports and exports and should hopefully minimize conflicting decisions among the officials, which often delays clearance, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said.

Key agencies, the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and Customs and Excise will first integrate their systems under a single platform to effectively assess and allow the import of raw material for drugs, drinks and food. The scheme will be expanded to include the Trade Ministry and Agriculture Ministry in August.

The streamlined process is expected to cut vessel dwelling time to 3.7 days from 4.7 days, Darmin said. Jakarta is ultimately aiming to reduce national dwelling time average to 3.5 days by the end of this year and eventually three days in 2017.