Call for Healthy Competition at Container Depots

03 January 2024

The Indonesia Container Depots’ Association – known by the acronym ASDEKI – is calling for a healthy competition among members (container depot operators).

At its most recent national executive board meeting on Wednesday 27 December 2023, ASDEKI conducted what is described as a ‘Rapimnas’ with full participation of the boards of its Headquarters, plus executives from regional chapters (DPW), and Supervisory Boards.

Rapimnas is an abbreviation of Rapat Pimpinan Nasional, or National Leadership meeting.

ASDEKI highlighted some current challenges and issues the depot business was facing within the country, including standardized service, inefficient and high logistics cost, unhealthy competition among depot operator, and poor logistics ecosystem.

In an interview with the Indonesia Shipping Gazette, ASDEKI Chairman Mustofa Kamal Hamka said, “This Rapimnas is part of Asdeki’s work program. In this Rapimnas, we discussed some strategic issues of businesses opportunities and challenges in 2024. And then, we recommended some strategies and programs on how to optimize the potencies and to anticipate the challenges.”

Some key issues of concern include how to create standardized services at the depots, how to support an efficient logistics in export import, how to create a healthy competition among depot operators, and how to support logistics ecosystem.

“Relating these issues, some recommendations that needed immediate solutions include, first, create healthy competition among players. We urge all members not to charge irrational (too low) tariff. Second, provide standard service at all depots, and third build partnership as apart of logistics ecosystem,” said Kamal.

Kamal concluded that he is optimistic ASDEKI will be able to resolve any problems within this sector if all members are solid. “We are very confident that in the future we can resolve any problem we face after we make this association solid,” he said.

See our related article: Container Terminals Set High Standards.

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