Seaport operator Pelindo II said a recent upgrade in a World Bank ranking of ports reflected improving services and infrastructure at the state-controlled company.
Pelindo II administers Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta, which is responsible for about two-thirds of the country’s export and import activity.
“Improvement in soft infrastructure can be achieved in a relatively short time, easily and cheaply. We will continue to push that,” said Pelindo II president director Richard J. Lino, responding to a recent announcement by the World Bank .
The World Bank said Indonesia’s ranking in the Logistics Performance Index rose to 2.94 in 2012 from 2.76 in 2010. The rank ranges from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest score.
Indonesia ranked 59 out of 155 countries this year. The LPI includes several categories, among them tracking and tracing, customs, logistics competence, infrastructure, international shipments and timeliness.
Lino said that Pelindo II will focus on improving the information technology for tracking and tracing freight, and his employees skill in handling logistics.
Cipto Pramono, Pelindo II’s director of human resource and general affairs, said that the company would introduce an online freight tracking and tracing system on July 1.
The Indonesia Logistic Community System will allow customers to track the progress of their shipments in real time and will also include an electronic payments system.
In the LPI report, Indonesia’s tracking and tracing score rose to 3.12 in 2012, from 2.77 in 2010. Meanwhile, the logistics handler indicator improved to 2.85 in 2012 from 2.47 two years ago. International shipments index rose slightly to 2.97 from 2.82 and timeliness to 3.61 from 3.46. There was no improvement in customs or infrastructure.
Lino said that Indonesia could become the top logistics performer in Southeast Asia, surpassing Thailand in 38th place and Malaysia in 29th place, because the country is expanding its infrastructure.
Pelindo II is preparing Tanjung Priok Port, the nation’s biggest, to become a hub for Asia, upgrading container terminals to harbor bigger ships and handle a greater number of containers. The project will cost up to Rp 17 trillion ($1.8 billion).