Thursday, May 28, 2009

Volume of container exports still decreasing


Volume of container exports through the Port of Tanjung Priok, Jakarta in May 2009 is still  decreasing despite not as big as the first two months of 2009.

"The number of container exports decrease only slightly, almost the same with volume, decreased only slightly during May compared to March. A decrease in export trends have been 'bottom out' (pass the lowest point)," said Minister of Trade (Mendag) Mari Elka Pangestu after inaugurate development programs PT. Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) in Jakarta, Wednesday (27/5/). Mari Pangestu said the export performance this year is estimated more slow compare to last years because the global economic crisis weakened export demand.

Meanwhile, President Director of Pelindo II, Richard J. Lino explained during April-May 2009 export volume of the container through the Tanjung Priok start rising, so decreasing is not as big as the first two months of 2009.
"The export volume start increasing, compared to last year exports during five months decrease only 10-12 percent, while import decrease 30 percent," said Richard. He also
explains during 2008, total export containers through the Tanjung Priok about three million containers. "It looks already improved later in June, January-February down a lot, but the last two months is better," he said.

President Director JICT, Derek Pierson also acknowledge the decline in the volume of container exports during the last five months. "Last year we serve approximately 2 million teu, the volume in May is not normal," said Derek.

For time being there is four container operator in Tanjung Priok. The largest is JICT which serve average 1.9 million per year and control 30 percent of the current container import export in Indonesia or 60 percent of the box straight at Tanjung Priok. Besides JICT, in the Tanjung Priok there also othe contaner operator : KOJA handling 400,000 contaniers per year, Multi Terminal Indonesia handling 200,000 containers per year, and PT Mustika Alam Lestari handling 300,000 container per year.

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