TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) or IPC recorded container flow at Tanjung Priok Port during the first half of 2020 of 2.99 million TEUs, down 7.7 percent compared to the same period last year which was 3.24 million TEUs.
Despite the decline, IPC Managing Director Arif Suhartono said the decline in container flows due to the Covid-19 pandemic was not as sharp as the January-May 2020 period, which on an annual basis (year on year / yoy) fell 10.4 percent.
"The decline in container traffic at the end of 2020 is at least in the range of 10 percent. This estimate takes into account trends in the previous months," he said in a statement in Jakarta, Friday, July 17, 2020.
Arif explained that activities at the port were strongly influenced by economic activity in general. The government has made several scenarios related to the pandemic and its impact on the economy, one of which is the new corona outbreak will subside in the first quarter of 2021.
"We must be grateful because the activities at the port are still going well," he said.
Previously, during the period from January to May 2020, the flow of containers at Tanjung Priok Port was 2.8 million TEUs, down 10.4 percent compared to the same period in 2019. Although the decline was claimed to be not as sharp as the national decline in imports.
In addition to being influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the decline is also claimed to have been the impact of slowing export-import activities, as is happening throughout the world.
"We are grateful that the impact of the pandemic has not reduced the activities and productivity of the Port as deep as several other sectors such as oil and gas, transportation, and tourism," Arif said.
Editor: Kodrat Setiawan