Jakarta – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said that the government plans to operate Tanjung Priok Seaport in North Jakarta, the country's largest port, for 24 hours seven days a week in trying to boost exports.
He said all sections at the port – the port office, customs and excise office, immigration, port operator, banks and other stakeholders – would also be required to adjust their working hours to follow the policy.
"We want 24 hours on all days. [...] It will improve productivity," Budi said on Sunday as quoted by kontan.co.id.
He said in the past, the port only had three service days per week and it had been improved to four to five service days.
He added with only three service days, an exporter needed to operate five trucks to transport 14 containers per day, but with seven service days, an exporter only needed two trucks per day, meaning that it would be more efficient and ease traffic.
"If it takes place smoothly, it will automatically help increase exports," he said.
The minister saw inefficiency at the port. He gave an example that many trucks had empty containers after transporting imported goods.
"After those trucks take imported goods from Tanjung Priok to Cikarang, West Java, for example, they go back to the port with empty containers," he said, adding that the government would coordinate with cargo owners and shipping lines to make the truck operation more efficient. (bbn)