Kariangau Container Terminal (TPK) of Kariangau port, Balikpapan, is ready to launch its international direct call to Hong Kong and China following the issuance of export permit for 50 containers comprising seven commodities.
BALIKPAPAN (infolog); PT Pelindo IV with PT Kaltim Kariangau Terminal (KKT) targets the launch of the inaugural direct call to China from TPK Kariangau on 9 March.
This was delivered after groundbreaking the construction of container depot at TPK Kariangau, Wednesday (14/2) afternoon.
Pelindo IV Port Facility and Equipment Director Farid Padang explained that this is in line with President Joko Widodo’s nawa ide to reduce logistics costs. Included in Eastern Indonesia is divided into clusters Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Papua, and Maluku.
Pelindo IV handles 48 percent of Eastern Indonesia with 27 branches. Seven branches will be synergized. TPK Kariangau will be a hub for export and import activities in the region.
“March we launch the first time. It means that the application for export permit has been done here (TPK Kariangau), directly to China via Hong Kong route, ” he said eagerly as quoted by Prokal.co as saying.
He continued, Pelindo IV has signed a cooperation with shipping company SITC Logistics Groups China. Just as it used to be when starting a direct call at the port of Makassar, December 2015. From the beginning only 40, now 3 thousand containers are exported directly every month from Daeng City.
Reflecting from that, direct calls from TPK Kariangau certainly have a tremendous impact on the economy of Kaltim (East Borneo) and Kaltara (North Borneo). Not only natural resources are exported, but imported goods, whether basic or electronic, will also be easier to enter. The price of goods is cheaper so that people’s purchasing power will rise.
Going forward, the government will also develop small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to process raw or semi-finished goods into finished goods. For example, seaweed becomes gelatin. It will also be followed by the growth of new industries.
“In Sulawesi initially only 27 commodities. Now it’s 104 commodities because of the implications of opening export lines, “he added.
In a cooperation contract with SITC Logistics China, a minimum of 350 containers are exported every month. Later, in three months of evaluation. After that, continued contract a year. Pelindo IV is also working with Customs to provide incentives to exporters to stimulate the exporters.
Currently, percentage of export and import is still unbalanced. Exports from East Kalimantan only recorded 11 percent done in their own areas. With direct calls, the figure is expected to rise to 20 percent.
“That’s why we need support. From the government, the governor, Kadin. All must play a role, “he added.
For the first direct call itself will be sent 50 containers containing seven commodities. Among them are seaweed, shell, and fish coming from various regions in Kaltim-Kaltara.
So far, the commodity is only listed in domestic documents because it is sent to Surabaya. In the City of Heroes, the commodity is just packed and registered as an export product.
“So, recorded as an export from Surabaya. Taxes also go to Surabaya, “he explained. While the export destination countries of TPK Kariangau are China, Vietnam, Japan, Korea.
Meanwhile, Director of PT KKT M Basir explains, economic recession could also affect the activities in TPK Kariangau.
However, this year, he mentioned there is already container flow growth, about 7 to 10 percent. This means that the impact of economic improvement.
To create a market, it tries to initiate transshipment. Cargo to Ambon, Banjarmasin, Ternate, Berau, Makassar must also transit in Balikpapan.
“To keep it crowded here. If it is crowded, easy to invest, “he said.
High loading and unloading activities become an indicator of the economic growth of a region. Including direct calls, is an effort to improve the market. The data he has, export goods from East Kalimantan and Kaltara are exported to reach 1,600 TEUs per month. There are still many that have not been recorded. So far, these commodities are exported through Surabaya.
“From Balikpapan to Surabaya one handling. Surabaya to Jakarta one handling. Jakarta-Singapore one handling. The cost of each port is different. Why should direct, yes for the speed of time and cost savings, “he explained.
Previously, from Balikpapan to China new goods up to 30 days, with a direct call, can be trimmed to 14 days only.
“What if the shrimp, fish, and crabs get there just a month. It would not be fresh. That is, this direct call also improves competitiveness, “he added.
Basir is not grandiose about the target. He hopes, the percentage of exports from East Kalimantan and Kaltara could increase.
About how much potential tax will be obtained if the export activity from Surabaya to Balikpapan, according to him it becomes the authority of local governments to calculate. (ac)