Transportation, Trade Ministers sign declaration on sea toll program

Transportation, Trade Ministers sign declaration on sea toll program

A seminar on sea toll program and declaration of MV Doloronda at the Tanjung Perak Seaport, Surabaya. (ANTARA News/ Juwita Trisna Rahayu)

Surabaya, E Java, (ANTARA News) - Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita signed a declaration of MV Dorolonda regarding a sea toll program ahead of National Press Day 2019.

The declaration, signed aboard MV Dorolonda at the Tanjung Perak Seaport, here, Monday, contains several measures that should be taken to improve the sea toll program, introduced by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) back in 2015.

Of the various measures, the first is urging various parties to be involved in this mode of transportation to support immediate digitalization of the sea transport process and system, so it can be more effective, efficient, and transparent.

Second, it is deemed necessary to disseminate information on the sea toll program to the public through more creative and innovative methods.

Third, it is important to improve the quality of port services and reduce the tariff for loading and unloading cargo at the port.

The fourth is conducting re-mapping and continuing the sea toll concept in future by involving all parties, including the private sector and regional government, through the sea toll.

The fifth is requesting that the implementation of the sea toll system consider and include existing public shipping, so that they become an integral part of the sea toll node.

The sixth is expecting consistency and continuity in the development of sea transportation in Indonesia, so as to provide business certainty in the sea transportation sector.

The Jokowi administration has developed sea tolls to ensure the smooth supply of goods in remote areas and to lower the prices of commodities and goods in the outermost regions.

Reporting by Juwita Trisna Rahayu, Yashinta Difa Pramudyani