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New Indonesian policy package addresses some shipping issues

New Indonesian policy package addresses some shipping issues
Indonesia's latest policy package will see plans to integrate billing for port services that are operated state-owned enterprises into a single billing system, local reports said.

The policy package will also integrate the National Single Window system, which processes export and import documents electronically with the "Inaportnet" system which handles permits for ships and cargos, permits for containers entry into the port, manifest data for domestic and overseas ships and electronic payment for shipping and cargo activities.

It is hoped that the integration will help with the tracking of flow and movement of goods at the port as well as reducing dwelling time.The government also plans to revise a ministerial regulation that will make it mandatory for any transportation activities in the country to use the rupiah for any payments. Previously, this was not regulated, causing some activities at the port to use dollars instead of rupiah.

In response, Indonesia National Shipowners Association chairman Carmelita Hartoto expects the latest package to help develop the nation’s logistics industry.

“We hope there will be no more problems like dwelling time. If ministries and the related stakeholders have united, there will be no more delays [in cargo processing], like the one caused by documentations, which could take days [to resolve],” she said.

On the port systems integration plan, Carmelita remarked that it was nothing new but the problem lay in implementation, with no government regulations enforcing it to date.

Meanwhile on rupiah use for transportation activities, she said the government must be careful in the implementation phase, as not all transportation activities, especially those involving exports and imports or activities at ports, can use the rupiah.

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