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Indonesian port to penalise traders causing congestion

The Indonesian government is looking to reduce overloading and delays at the Tanjung Priok port by penalising traders who fail to remove goods that clear Customs.

A government-appointed team charged with assuring the smooth flow of exported and imported goods will arrange a series of meetings to provide solutions to the port’s overloading problems, Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

Among others, traders who secure a clearance, but choose to store their goods at the port have often contributed to the delays.

Some importers are storing their goods for several months, as it is more expensive to pick them up immediately and keep them in warehouses.

Source: CargonewsAsia