Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The clock is ticking..Happy New Year 2009

Dear Friends,

May the dawning of this New Year, 

open up for you new horizons, 

fill your heart with new hopes and bring for you...

Promises of brighter tomorrows !

Wishing you happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

Happy New Year
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Export of special goods will only served by five ports

Export of special goods will only served by five ports
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The Indonesia Minister of Transportation had issued the new regulations Number KM 55/2007 as a revised of  Minister of Transportation Regulation No. KM 55/2002 regarding of Management of Special Sea Port. Therefore Directorate of Sea Transportation - Ministry of Transportation had set up five export sea ports in Indonesia for handling of specific goods/commodities.

The sea-ports are Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, Tanjung Perak in Surabaya, Tanjung Mas in Semarang, Makassar in Sulawesi, and Belawan in Medan.

"According to the Regulation No. KM 55 for special port which have not the license will close immediately. So there will only five special ports for controlling the exportof special goods," said Joni Algamar Director of Unity of Sea and Coast Security.

These five special sea-port will controls of special commodities/goods such as textiles, toys and food and beverages. Export from outside of the five ports will clasiffied as smuggling.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Air Asia expand the flight routes


Despite the global economic crisis, Air Asia X - Malaysia cheap airline - will expand their flight route to China, India, South Korea, and Japan.

Chief Executive Azran Osman Rani said this is a period of challenge for the airline industry because many countries experiencing recession, so airlines should be able to penetrate the crisis.

"Air Asia's bookings for a direct flight to London with Airbus 340-300, which began March 11 has already full," said Azran while adding that the 30,000 seats have been sold.

The demand is high because of the ticket prices is 'only' around 2,000 ringgit (580 US dollars), less than half of the normal price for regular flights. Air Asia X will fly five times a week from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Stansted airport outside of London.

Air Asia X will plan to increase the flight route to North India in 2009, including New Delhi, Amritsar and Mumbai, and to Beijing. In 2010 their flight target is to South Korea and Tokyo, Hokkaido in northern Japan and Kyushu in the south.

Air Asia X, which recently opened flights to the Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne and Australia, and Hangzhou China, will record their sales of 362 million malaysia ringgit at the end of this year. With this sales record, the sales projection at the end of 2010 will reached 1 billion US dollars.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Panasonic will closed 3 factories immediately

Panasonic will closed 3 factories immediately
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Panasonic Electric Works, a business unit of Panasonic Corp., will close their three factories in Japan and cut off around 800 employees due to the slow of economy growth which impact the demand of their products.

The company that sells electrical equipment systems, kitchen and other home products, will close their factories and cut off their employees in the fiscal year which ended March 2011, "said Spokesperson Panasonic Electric, Sunday (28/12).

Panasonic Electric Works, which is 51 percent of the stock owned by Panasonic Corp., - the Plasma TV producers number one in the world - has not decided yet whether the three remaining factories from 13 local factories will be closed or not.

On October 2008, Panasonic Electric Works has cut off their nett profit projections for the budget year which ended in March 2009 around 12 percent to 38 billion yen (419 million U.S. dollars), a decrease of 16 percent throughout this year.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Perum Bulog plan to export rice in the third-quarter 2009


Perum Bulog will start to export the rice in the third-quarter 2009 after obtain the certainty of rice production in 2009. The 2009 rice production is refer to forecast figures I and II of Central Statistics Agency data.

Director of Perum Bulog Mustafa Abubakar said, at this time many businessmen from various province ask to work together with Bulog to export rice. "But nowdays Bulog is the only institution which allowed to export rice. The exports made from single 'door' so easy to controlled, "said Mustafa in Year End Evaluation and Prospect Food Indonesia in 2009, on Tuesday (23/12/2008) in Jakarta.

According to Mustafa, the export can be done if Indonesia has a rice surplus production of 5 million tons. Surplus will be achieved when the rice production throughout 2009 had reached the target. Agriculture Dept had set up the rice production target in 2009 of 63.5 million tons of dried unhulled rice. Production of 63.5 million tons of dried unhulled rice is equivalent of 35.9 million net tons. The rice national consumption per year, around 30.9 million tons.

Export destination countries are Malaysia, the Philippines, East Timor, and Brunei. The rice export volume that can be exported with the surplus production of 5 million tons is estimated around 1 up to 1.5 million tons.

The Chairman of Organization Himpunan Kerukunan Tani Indonesia, Siswono Yudo Husodo give appreciation to the stakeholders in the national rice industry which has been able to increase the production so Indonesia not depend on rice import.

"This is our repetition export of rice surplus 24 years ago (1984)," he said. Nevertheless, Siswono reminded that the rice should be exported is a resulting from the harvest of the previous year. The exports should not be from a new harvest.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2009

Dear Friends,

Wish you have a Merry Christmas.

I sincerely bless you are healthy, happy and prosperous at all times, and enjoy your holiday getting together with families and friends.


Christmas Greetings

Monday, December 22, 2008

Most of the airlines company add the extra flight during Christmas and New Year holiday

Most of the airlines company add the extra flight during Christmas and New Year holiday
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To anticipate the Christmas and New Year in 2009 holiday, most of the airlines company will add the extra flight. This extra flight, which was held several days ago up to early 2009 will increase around 61,492 passenger seat. Around eight national airlines has add their flight capacity.

Air Transportation Director of the Department of Transportation's Mr. Tri Sunoko said, the additional flights during the holidays 2008 has reached 192 frequency for domestic routes, whereas the international route has reached 92 frequency.

Based on the data, Lion Air is to be the most airlines company who increase the passenger capacity around 27,684 seats, followed by Mandala Air (12,480 seats), and Wings Air (10,992 seats).

Garuda Indonesia, which usually add the capacity, for time being will only provide 3,196 additional seats, Sriwijaya Air (2,520 seats), Batavia Air (2,240 seats), Merpati Nusantara Airlines (1,880 seats), and Riau Airlines (500 seats).

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Furniture exporter aim the Middle East Market


At least 30 furniture producers in Central Java prepared to switch their export market to Middle East countries. This is to anticipate the decreasing inquiry of furniture from United States, which might decrease up to 20 percent in 2009.

According to the chairman of Indonesia Association of  Furniture and Crafts Indonesia (Asmindo) Mr. Anggoro Rahmadiputro, until the end of November 2008, as impact of the global financial crisis, there no longer inquiry or shipment  of goods (furniture) from Europe and the U.S.

Currently, most of the furniture producers in Jepara, Solo, Semarang, and Banyumas only complete the contract orders which have been received until the end of 2008. Due to the global financial crisis, the goods can be fulfilled according to the contract target, but there are a number of delays in payment from the buyer, especially in the U.S.

Anggoro Rahmadiputro sadi, diversion of furniture export markets, especially indoor furniture to the Middle East has good prospects. The target countries are Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, while for the regional market such as Malaysia and Brunei. Before the crisis, the average cumulative export of furniture from Central Java is in range 400 million to 600 million U.S. dollars per year.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Lorena Air target to have two units of Airbus A230


Lorena Airlines one of the Indonesia local airlines has not despair to bring the aircraft, although they had failed several times. This airlines must pursue this target to have the aircraft before 25 June 2009 to get a flight operator certificate - Air Operator Certificate (AOC). Not surprisingly, Lorena is intensly to bring the two units of Airbus A230 in February 2009.

According to the Head of Public Communication Center's Department of Transportation, Bambang S Ervan, Lorena really need to bring the aircraft to meet the requirements of AOC regulations. "If more than June 2009, their business licenses will be revoked," he said in Jakarta (17/12/2008).

Vice President Production of Lorena Air, Mr. Suhadi said, the fleet capacity of 160 people was purchased from Waha Leasing Company - a Dubai company - which is headquartered in France. Unfortunately, Suhadi reluctant to mention the value of the investment to buy these two aircraft. But as an illustration, the new unit price of Airbus A230 is around U.S. $ 45 million.

Lorena apparently will not rely on the funding of this investment from bank loans or financial institutions. Conversely, Lorena able to make the funding from their own money.

Although the price of renting aircraft are currently cheap, the process of procurement of the aircraft is quite tough. Suhadi said, as a new airline, such as Lorena was still not get the trust from the leaser. "Especially with the case of Adam Air leaser trust has decreased," said Suhadi.

Even Lorena Airline is a new player and also the economic conditions currently is not stabilized, but Lorena remains confident with their flight business. Moreover, with a stopper of Adam Air airline, which normally operates 22 aircraft, the presence of Lorena with 2 aircraft are still seize the market with their full service promising concept.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Garuda Indonesia, Airline Of The Year 2008

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The local magazine "Dirgantara Angkasa" had nominated Garuda Indonesia Airline as the Airline of the Year 2008. Around 10,783 people was participated in to vote and to determine the winner of Angkasa Award 2008.

"This is the first time for Dirgantara Angkasa held the award, hopefully it will be better next year. We will also undertake the 'editor choice' not only to accommodate the consumers," said A Dharwan - Chief Editor of Dirgantara Angkasa on Wednesday (17/12/2008) in Jakarta.

Mr. Adiprasetyo Agung, Chief Executive Officer of Kompas Gramedia said, hope that this award and dialogue flight which held by the magazine Dirgantara Angkasa become a small step to improve the Indonesia flight.

Garuda Indonesia Airline has won the award of The Best Service, The Best On Time Best Performance and The Most Favorite Airline category.

Other categories are The Best Website category won by Lion Air, The Best Logo won by Mandala Airlines, the Best fare Indonesia by Indonesia AirAsia and the Best Stewardess won Mandala Airlines

Monday, December 15, 2008

South Korea company will build up the steel factory in Cilegon

South Korea company will build up the steel factory in Cilegon
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One of the South Korea steel producer company - Pohang Steel Corp. (Posco) - is probing to build up a steel factory in Cilegon, Banten, with worth around US$ 5 billion. This factory will produce around 2.6 million to 3.1 million tons of steel.

Posco is lobbying P.T Krakatau Steel (KS) about the infrastructure and expect Kratakau Steel allow them to use the Cilegon infrastructure such as sea-ports facility and other facilities based on mutually beneficial cooperation. Although, both of the two companies is a state-owned enterprises (BUMN) in each country.

"I have not receivied a letter from Posco yet. But, from the information that I have got, Posco is doing serious discussion with Krakatau Steel," said Head of Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) M Lutfi, on Tuesday (16/12/2008).

The potential market of steel which is not only in domestic but also in a global market, is the reason why Posco interested in investing on steel business. In addition, the regulation of domestic steel sector, allow for both local and foreign investors to invest in this sector.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Airbus will deliver 12 more A380s this year

Airbus will deliver 12 more A380s this year
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Airbus will meet its target of delivering 12 A380 super jumbo aricraft this year, the company's chief exceutive pledged recently, brushing aside reports that manufacturing and engineering difficulties had again put the project behind the schedule.

The 525-seat, A-380 has been plagued by delay due to missteps, technical setbacks, communication failures and financial improprieties that have tarnished Airbus' image. The first in a series of costly delays was announced in June 2005.

In May, the European planemaker cut its delivery forecast by one aricraft this year and by four in 2009, due to continued problems with the giant aircraft's wiring.

"I'm ready to take a bet that we will deliver more than 10 aircraft, more than 11 aircraft," CEO Tom Enders said. "The target is 12. I confirmed it two days ago, I confirm it today."

Enders spoke at a ceremony in the southern French city of Tolouse marking the hand-over to Australian carrier Qantas Airways of the first of the 20 A380s it has on order.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

China import around 2 tons of salak fruit from Indonesia


At least almost two tons of salak fruit (also known as snake fruit ) being export from Indonesia to China every week, after China had opened their tropical import permits since 4 September 2008.

According to the exporter many of China citizens are like very much of salak fruit and it has estimated the quantity export of salak fruit will grow every year to China. Currently the salak fruit which can be exported to China is only the cultivar salak pondok  from Yogyakarta province/plantation, while the other provinces can not export yet.

Indonesia Agriculture Department has trained the salak pondoh fruit farmers in Yogyakarta to produce salak fruit which fullfil the China health and quarantine regulations.

At the first time salak pondoh fruit exported to China, there are only 80 plantation that the production can be exported to China, but nowdays there have been 560 salak pondoh plantation which the productions are exported to China.

Department of Agriculture has plan to develop not only the salak pondoh fruit from Jogjakarta, but also the salak fruit from other province such as Bali, Magelang, Banjarnegara, and Aceh which can be exported to China.

Although the salak fruit is a native tropical fruit from Indonesia, but it is possible the other Asian countries try to "steal" the seed from Indonesia and develop on their country which after that claimed as their original product, as said by Mr. Syukur Iwantoro head of Quarantine Agency Department of Agriculture.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Lion Air will added 5 Boeing 737-900ER

Lion Air will added 5 Boeing 737-900ER
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The airline company Lion Air remains optimistic despite the current global crisis. They will  bringing 5 Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft until the end of December 2008 from total  178 aircraft that have been ordered. So that total Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft will be operated by Lion Air until the end of this year is 17 aircraft.

Until the end of this year (2008) Lion Air and Wings Air will operate 49 aircrafts, consisting of Boeing 737-900ER, Boeing 737-400, Boeing 737-300, MD-90, MD-82, and DASH-8. All the aircrafts are operated to serve both domestic and regional flight.

The accelerating to order of 5 Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft is to anticipate the high demand during the holiday season especially Christmas and New Year 2008. All the airplanes will be operated to serve domestic flight, such as Banda Aceh, Medan, Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Balikpapan, Banjarmasin, Makassar, Manado, Denpasar, and other cities.

The incoming aircraft has advantages compared with the previous aircraft, which are equipped with inflight entertaiment, such as, a TV monitor. "This facility is as additional services and to provide entertainment or spectacle to passenger, especially with a long flight hours," said Director of General Lion Air Edward Sirait.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mandala Airline adding 4 new routes with Airbus 320

Mandala Airline adding 4 new routes with Airbus 320
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One of the Indonesia airline company - Mandala Airlines - had added three aircraft fleet of Airbus 320. These aircrafts will be used to strengthen the four new routes return once a day.

"With these three aircraft, on December 2008 will add the flight frequency to Jambi, Batam, Pangkal Pinang, and Padang by using the new Airbus A320 aircraft," said the CEO of Mandala, Warwick Brady (Jakarta, Wednesday, 10 December 2008).

The above four routes would be able to serve by two return flights. With this additional frequency, Mandala Airline will be able to provide 150,000 seats during the holiday season in December 2008 and January 2009.

Additional extra flight was well prepared for the main route across Indonesia such as to Yogyakarta, Denpasar, Medan and Pekanbaru. Mandala increase the flights frequency due to high demand on these routes.

"We have received many requests from our passengers to increase the number of flight frequency on these routes, with affordable price," Warwick Brady said.

He added, new routes to Jambi and Pangkal Pinang was opened on 21 September. These new routes was added due to very good growth of number of passengers flying to the city of Jambi and Pangkal Pinang. Mandala load factor Mandala for these routes is more than 90 percent.

From Batam to Surabaya, Medan and Padang, Mandala provide daily flight for each route. While the Batam to Jakarta route, Mandala provide twice flight a day. To aticipate the air transportation needs in the high season period, Mandala Airline has been providing the extra flight to several major routes such as Yogyakarta, Denpasar, Pekanbaru and Medan.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Changhong will invest U.S. $ 11 million in Indonesia


Changhong Group Ltd.., is China's manufacturers which produce electronic equipment, will planning to build a factory in Indonesia with worth around U.S. $ 11 million, or approximately IDR 130 billion.

Chairman of the group, Zhao Yong, on the press conference last week said, Indonesia will become a Changhong production base market in Southeast Asia. The options to invest in this current sluggish world economy, was the result of the study after the success in Indonesia market for almost 10 years.

Changhong entered Indonesia in 1999 by build PT Changhong Electronics Indonesia. They have a factories with capacity around 350,000 television sets, 150,000 air-condition, 300,000 DVD player, and 100,000 digital network products per year. Changhong is one of China's electronic group amongst 500 bigger company in the world.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sony Reduce 8,000 Workers

Sony Reduce 8,000 Workers
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Sony Corp. said on Tuesday (9/12/2008), has reducing around 8,000 employees and aslo will close several factories. This policy is part of the business overhaul in connection with the trend of declining global economy.

This giant electronics producer said, planned to reduce the total manufacturer about 10 percent, reducing investment in electronic business about 30 percent, and withdraw from a number of business areas that are not profitable.

"Various initiatives such as a response to the sudden and rapid changes in world economic conditions," said the Sony in a statement.

Monday, December 8, 2008

British Airways Planning to Reduce the number of aircraft and employees

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The third largest airline company in Europe - British Airways Plc - will plan to cut more than 100 employees in London Gatwick airport. They plan to reduce their services by 15% in mid-2009.

The number of aircraft that will operate, become more slim. From 41 aircraft, will operate 37 aircraft only. With the reduction of 4 units of this aircraft, then the employees will be automatically will cut off.

"We have been talking with staff and unions, that we will reduce 15% of employees in the upcoming summer." said British Airways Plc through their statement. This airline intends to issue the termination of employment voluntary program at the end of this year to start cut off the ground operation staff with the number more than 100 people.

Actually British Airways Plc have discussed with Qantas Airways Ltd.. Australia last month, about the mergers plan. However, this plan have not found the end point yet.

The number of passengger which using this airline also have been reduced as much as 5.9% in November 2008 because of the economic crisis began spreading to business travel. Moreover, the ratio of seats filled also decreased 2.2% to 74.4%.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tata Motors Ltd. and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd

Tata Motors Ltd. and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd
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Indian automotive producer Tata Motors Ltd. and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. will close the factory for six days in December 2008 because of weak demand of vehicles which affected by the tight financing in the middle of a slowing economy.

The leading vehicle manufacturers in India, Tata Motors, planning to close the weighing vehicle factories in East India for six days as said a spokesperson for Tata.

It is said that at the beginning of this week Tata has decided to close the commercial vehicle factory in Western India for three days.

Tata Motors, the leading producer for the bus and truck, stated that vehicle sales in November dropped 30 percent to 32,696 units.

Meanwhile, the tractor manufacturer and the largest utility vehicles, Mahindra, states, most of the factory will close up to six days in December due to decreased demand. "Considering the decline in demand, the company decided to stop production to match demand for this December," he said.

Mahindra, which has joint venture with Renault to produces  the Logan sedan,  stating that the vehicle sales in November decreased 39 percent to 11,273 units.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Neptune Orient Lines : will cut about 1,000 jobs


The container shipping industry is closely correlated to the health of the world economy. Shipping freight rates have fallen this year as major economies such as Germany and Japan slipped into recession.

Major international shipping companies have already announced more than 3,000 job cuts in an effort to reduce costs in the wake of the increasing financial crisis that continues to adversely affect shipping operations.

Neptune Orient Lines as the world's seventh-largest container carrier will cut about 1,000 jobs, or around 9%, of its 11,000 jobs positions globally as part of efforts to reduce costs. The majority of the cuts will take place in North America because of the higher operating cost base. It also plans to relocate its Americas headquarters from Oakland, California, to a cheaper base elsewhere in the U.S. About 50 staff members will also be eliminated from its Singapore branch.

The container shipping business, APL, will reduce capacity in Asia-Europe trade by about 25 percent and in transpacific trade by 20 percent, measures that will save $200 million in costs next year. While analysts were positive about NOL's move to cut costs, they expected NOL to incurr losses over the next two year as the shipping industry faces a double-whammy of slowing demand and growing supply.

NOL also issued a "grim" outlook for the next year and said it did not see a recovery in the near-term. "This refelects our considered view that what we are seeing goes beyond a normal cyclical downturn", Chief Executive Ron Widdow said in a statement. NOL, which is 66 percent owned by Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings, last month posted an 82 percent plunge in third-quarter net profit to $35 million and forecast an operating loss in the fourth quarter.

However, shipping companies based in the Middle East are yet to tread the same path (job cuts ) since their operations have not been hit hard. "It is true that no one will escape the impact of the current financial crisis, but I do not see any companies in the region downsizing staff as a cost cutting measure at the moment," said Abdullah Al Shuraim, Chairman of Gulf Navigation Holding (GNH). "No one knows when the crisis will end but we are lucky in the region that its impact is still minimal." 

The move followed the sharp decline in freight rates because of dwindling consumer demand in the United States and Europe, and as the letters of credit (LOCs) that formed the lifeblood of trade financing throughout Asia lost their power to deliver the goods.  According to Ahmed Essa Hareb Al Falahi, CEO of Gulf Energy Maritime, it will be difficult for companies in the region to downsize their staff especially that there has been a shortage even before the crisis.

"The biggest challenge for the industry even before the financial crisis set in was the acute shortage of marine staff, especially when new and bigger vessels started entering the market," said  Al Falahi.  He said the industry was in shortage of more than 100,000 marine staff given the huge tonnage that was expected to enter the market by 2010.

"I think the current slowdown should be good news for the industry since the need to recruit more staff is declining. I believe companies will take it as an opportunity to consolidate and improve skills of their staff rather than sack them." 

James Wheeler, a shipping analyst in Dubai pointed out that shipping being a cyclical industry, it would not be wise for companies to cut down staff as they might be needed during an upturn in business. "It takes several years to train good marine staff and once they leave, it is not easy for companies to find a replacement. Unless a company is winding up its operations, it does not make sense to get rid of your good staff," said Wheeler. He said that the many companies in the dry bulk and container sectors were at the verge of bankruptcy following the persistent decline in freight rates, but added that the tanker market will continue to be healthy.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Indonesia : the largest coal producer


Until now, Indonesia and Australia is still the country's largest coal producer in the Asia Pacific region and in the future there are three major projects work on by Indonesia to develop the processing of coal, namely Coal Faction, Coal Gasifaction and UBC (Upgraded Brown Coal).

UBC is a factory to improve the quality of coal from a low rank coal which have the same nature with a higher level. This is intended to meet world energy needs, considering the majority of coal-owned Indonesian still rank low calorie. 

UBC technology is expected to be able to produce cleancoal that can maintain stability in energy supply needs. Coal with the results of the high value of calories and very low of water and pollution is suitable to the needs of domestic and foreign (export).

The operation of the UBC technology on Satui, South Borneo intended as an example of the first UBC factory in Indonesia even in the world. If it technically able to develop better in the long term will begin to be developed as a commercial factory.

UBC pilot factory is use for research, development, and also for training for the new operator. UBC pilot plant products will also be used to test the characteristics of the coal results of the UBC, including test burning boiler that uses both in Japan and in Indonesia, precisely in PLTU Suralaya and Tarahan. The goal of this pilot plant UBC is become a commercial factory in late 2009 and in will be five times larger from current factory in 2010.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Indonesia's Port Tariff Still High

The Indonesia's Port Tariff Still High

The uncertainty of tariffs and components, collusion between the port providers service, and breach of the agreement on import tariffs for the service Less Container Load (LCL) is still frequently occur in the Lini II, Tanjung Priok, Jakarta. This causes had make the high-cost which should paid by the exporters and importers and impact to lower down the competitiveness.

The port user  such as importers often charge higher more than had agreed by the Joint Expedition Forwarder and Indonesia (GAFEKSI) and the Association of Corporate LOADING / UNLOADING Indonesia (APBMI) on 28 May 2007.

Based on Article 3 paragraph 1 of the agreement, the importer and exporter should charge only nine parts of the tariffs, but the actual, component tariffs imposed is more than nine items. This often happens due to the enforcement of the law is still weak. Port administrator, who actually have the authority to take legal action against the violations that occurred when this was still not provide sanctions or any warning.

Meanwhile, the uncertainty of tariffs and the components of the Minister of Transportation Decree No. KM 72 2005, Article 1 paragraph b3, which set the tariff problem, is a multi interpretatif, which in turn is used by service providers to determine the scale and reducing costs that are not clear such as the cost of the extra movement, change of status, and other ". We can not do anything, other than pay. We fear our goods will 'hostage/hold' and also will disturb the smoothness of the business," said Chairman of the IEI, Amalia Achyar.

The collusion between port service providers such as warehouses company, and the stevedoring company (PBM) occurred because importers can not choose directly the warehouse desired. Nonetheless, the warehouse providers company can determine the different renting price of the same warehouse. Importers can not choose the "A" warehouse, although this "A" warehouse is cheaper. Port service providers always harbor transaction in the unilateral determination of the warehouse, without the involvement of importers. Importers are in the weaker parties, and soft targets to be the provider of port services.

Thus, both parties will provide recommendations to the government to revise the memorandum, which can be accommodating the interests of all stakeholders of the port, such as forwarder, the stevedoring company, port administrators, businessman,  shipping company, and others. The Government also needs to define types, classes, and tariff components should be imposed for the container service on Lini II, so the clarity and legal certainty can be guaranteed.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Indonesia : export value october 2008 decreased 11.61%

Indonesia : export value october 2008 decreased 11.61%

The Indonesia export value of October 2008 is down 11.61% compared to the previous month, or only U.S. $ 10.81 billion. It seems it because of the negative impact of the global financial crisis is really in front of the eye.

"From the data clearly seen if the decline occurred both in volume and in prices. Almost all the price of commodity is decline on average 10-20%," said the head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Rusman Heriawan in Jakarta, yesterday.

The decline occurred in the sectors of rubber and rubber goods, while the increase occurred in the export of minerals, including agricultural products, which are still quite good. Decreasing also occured in the coal, brown, Copra, CPO, rubber, copper and tin.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Indonesia trying to penetrate of Brazil and Mexico market

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The Indonesia government will continue to pump out the export growth. One is trying to change the export market countries to Latin America countries such as Brazil and Mexico.

As for starting to explore the market, Minister of Trade Mari Pangestu, have signed trade agreements with these two countries. "We have signed the agreement with the countries of Brazil and Mexico," said Mari Pangestu.

With this agreement, according to Mari Pengestu export taregt to this country can exceed the current export. "It would be increased," she said. Unfortunately she did not want to disclose how much the export target to these two countries. Export value to Brazil, currently have reached US$ 2 billion. Meanwhile, to Mexico, the new Indonesian export only U.S. $ 300 million.

Products that will export by Indonesia to Mexico and Brazil are rubber, biofuel, soybeans, ethanol, sugar and other agricultural products.

Head of the National Export Development Agency (BPEN) Bachrul Chairi said that cooperation with the countries that signed it will be pump out the export growth in each country. "No will protect their mutual trade," said Bachrul. Currently, Brazil is accusing Indonesia for dumping issue of Indonesia's textiles.

As result of this cooperation is also alleged dumping textiles from Brazil is being reviewed for revoked. Mari Pangestu have successfully facilitate the businessmen in the investigation stage. According to some businessmen who are accused of textiles have been able to enter the market again without brasil affected anti-dumping duties. "The Portuguese-speaking fill out the form," said Mari Pangestu.

Meanwhile, the issues for Brazilian meat imports, Mari Pangestu not want to talk much. Because it will be discussed in the framework of wider cooperation. "It continues to be discussed," she said.