New legislation to cut waiting times at ports


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In an effort to improve waiting times, the government of Indonesia will begin to limit the amount of time for holding storage containers in ports.

If a container exceeds its holding time, port authorities will hand it over to the customs and excise department, giving the department full authority over its fate.

Transportation Ministry maritime traffic director Harry Budiarto said that the maximum time ports can hold containers will be seven days after the goods from the container have entered the port.

Bodiarto said: “The seven-day rule actually already exists. This measure aims to tighten it further.”

Coordinating economic minister Chairul Tanjung said in June that the long holding times of emptied shipping containers were disrupting the flow of goods into ports, and vowed to cut the containers’ storage times to address the issue.

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