Bisnis.com, JAKARTA - PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) or IPC recorded the impact of a pandemic reducing container activity and productivity (throughput) by 10.4 percent. This condition is called not as deep as other sectors such as oil and gas, transportation, and tourism.
IPC Managing Director Arif Suhartono said the flow throughput of the January to May 2020 period was 2.8 million TEUs. Meanwhile, this decline is not as sharp when compared with the same period in 2019.
"Although there is a general decline, the IPC sees a potential for growth during this new normal period. For example, during the decline in ship flow, there was an increase in the volume of warehouse use in some ports, including at Tanjung Priok Port, "he explained, Monday (6/22/2020).
At present, he is still consolidating data on the growth of warehousing occupancy at the port, as part of the study material to review the company's target in 2020.
Based on data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), national exports in May 2020 were recorded at the US $ 10.53 billion. This figure is down 28.3 percent compared to May 2019. Meanwhile, the value of imports fell 42.2 percent compared to May last year. The value of imports in May 2020 was recorded at the US $ 8.44 billion.
According to him, slowing export and import activities also occurred in almost all countries. China, which had stretched in April, was corrected again in May.
Besides being influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is also a result of slowing export-import activities, a week before and after Idul Fitri.
Nevertheless, Arif is still optimistic that this situation will gradually improve in the coming months. At least, the flow of containers will increase after Lebaran, as the cycle of previous years.
"The decline in throughput during Hari Raya almost occurs every year. We hope that in June the container flow will rebound, although the impact of the pandemic will still be felt, "explained Arif.
Reporter: Anitana Widya Puspa
Editor: Rio Sandy Pradana