Indonesia to Shutdown Illegal Ports


In a bid to eliminate smuggling, Indonesia is set to close all illegal ports across the country, since many ports were operating without even being aware that they were do so illegally, according to the Jakarta Post.

Pramono Anung, Cabinet Secretary for Indonesia, said: “After Idul Fitri, ports will be closed by the government. Some of them will not be destroyed, but will go to auction.

“If possible, we will give Bulog an opportunity. For example, seven containers of beef seized by the customs agency are going to be auctioned or used by Bulog for market operations.”

PTI previously reported that Indonesia is set to open its New Priok Container Terminal at New Priok Port, which will be capable of handling 1.5 million TEU annually.

This followed news that world-leading shipping line by fleet capacity, Maersk Line, was planning to pour US$3 billion into its logistics business in Indonesia, despite difficulties caused as a result of laws enforced against foreign shipping lines.

Indonesia is also reportedly working with state-owned port operator PT Pelindo II and north operator PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara to build an integrated seaport.

The port will be modelled on the Port of Rotterdam, with the key focus being on integration.

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