Saturday, September 3, 2011

The New Air Cargo Regulation

On 21 April 2011, the Ministry of Transportation issued a new cargo processing regulation, SKEP/255/ TW2011, designed to optimize security surveillance at all airports in Indonesia..

The regulation stipulated that only three companies would be responsible for security screening of cargo shipments. Those three replaced eight companies that had been contracted to do the job previously.

Besides, packages are to be inspected individually, causing 10 to 14 times increase in the inspection cost from Rp 60 (US 0.007 cents) per Kilogram to Rp 850 (US$ 0,10) per Kilogram.

When the regulation was implemented at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta last July, the result was disastrous. A long backlog developed of cargo waiting for inspection, hundreds of tons of cargo, including newspapers, medicine and even human remains, were stranded, incurring losses in the billions of Rupiah. This prompted cargo companies to strike working.

In order to stop the chaos, the government has postponed the implementation of the regulation until 3 September.

The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) has urged the government to postpone the implementation of regulation for six months, saying that lack of infrastructure and manpower will cause bottlenecks.

However, the government insists that the regulation will be implemented on 4 September.

Considering the huge impact that cargo clearnce has on businesses and the economy as a whole, I hope that the government would postpone implementation of the new regulation and talk to all the parties involved to find the best solution for this case.

11 comments:

Wisata Murah said...

kok banyak kasus ya... saya yang awam dengan dunia bisnis ikut bingung medengarnya.

H. Nizam said...

@Wisata Murah,
Kita hanya bisa berharap bahwa pemerintah, DPR dll semuanya akan bekerja sebaik mungkin bagi negara kita.

colson said...

It's not clear from the report what the situation really is. But maybe KADIN has a point - we will know tomorrow.

However if 4,5 months postponement are not enough, what guarantee KADIN provides another 6 months postponement are?

H. Nizam said...

@Colson,
According to media reports the actual costs for cargo clearance, including under the table money, is similar to what is ruled by the new regulation.
The government said that it is legalizing the actual cost.
KADIN objected because it thinks that there'll be more extra costs.
I agree that another 6 months delay doesn't guarantee changes will come.
So all relevant parties should seat together and sort things out.

attayaya-net said...

masalah keamanan pengiriman barang udah daridulu ditentukan, cuma banyak perusahaan yg mengabaikannya

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TUKANG CoLoNG said...

harus selalu oprimis :)

H. Nizam said...

@Attayaya-net,
Menurut pemerintah peraturan baru ini justru untuk mencegah penyalah gunaan yaitu dengan melegalisir biaya siluman menjadi resmi.
Tapi pengusaha kargo takut biaya silman akan timbul lagi.

@TUKANG CoLoNG,
Memang harus optimis tapi juga kritis terhadap kemungkinan penyalah gunaan.

r10 said...

semoga peraturan ini dapat mengurangi biaya siluman serta masuknya barang ilegal

H. Nizam said...

@R10,
Mudah2an bisa memperbaiki keadaan.

Ria Tumimomor said...

It seems our government only know how to make things harder for its own people...

H. Nizam said...

@Ria,
It is very sad.