KJL Signed Up to Handle Goods at Patimban & Balikpapan.
PT Krakatau Jasa Logistik (KJL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PT Indika Multi Niaga regarding the marketing and handling of goods at Patimban Port, Subang, West Java and the Port of Kariangau, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan.
“This MoU strengthens and proves that KJL is serious about working on the market and handling of goods at Patimban Port and Kariangau Interport with IMN,” said KJL Senior Vice President Commercial & Business Development Guntur Arief Budiyanto, in a statement last week.
With the signing of this MoU, KJL has increasingly strengthened its position as a logistics service provider at these two terminals to also work on the logistics business with industrial market potential in the Subang, Purwakarta, Bandung, Balikpapan and surrounding areas.
Read our related article: Port Service Rights Granted at Balikpapan Terminal.
Port Operators Must Involve Stevedoring Companies
The Indonesia Stevedoring Companies’ Association APBMI continues to strive to guarantee all its members they will be provided jobs in line with the government regulation on Related Businesses of Water Transportation.
According to the regulation of PM 59/2021, port operators BUP (Pelindo) are allowed to self-handle works of container loading/unloading, loading/unloading of dry bulk using conveyors, piping-system liquid bulk, and roll on-roll off (Roro). But, according to APBMI, the works of loading and unloading at conventional and multi-purpose terminals should involve stevedoring companies.
There are 1,678 stevedoring companies spread out nationwide. Involving stevedoring companies means giving jobs to thousands of employees. But the fact that the port operator also handles loading unloading at conventional and multipurpose terminals has threatened stevedores with a loss of jobs. APBMI is building a relationship with port operators with the aim of guaranteeing job security for stevedores.
No Need for Shipping Agencies to Own Vessel
The existence of shipping agents has been a topic of conversation among industry members in Indonesia, with the issue of whether a ship agent should hold a shipping permit SIUPAL having been debated for some time.
“Referring to this regulation and to the best business practice in the world, no need for a shipping agent to owned vessel,” Chairman of Indonesia Shipping Agencies Association (ISAA) Reinhard LB Tobing has noted.
Reinhard emphasized that the shipping agency business does not need to own a vessel in accordance with the current Indonesian Government regulations. He compared it to other transportation businesses, pointing out that airline and train agencies do not have to own an airplane or a train.
Reinhard also emphasized that shipping agencies who are members of the Indonesia Shipping Agencies Association (ISAA) are expected to be able to support government programs in streamlining national logistics. He believes they should not be afraid to openly compete with similar businesses. “We must be optimistic that we can move forward together,” he said.
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