Multimodal Is a Part of Freight Forwarding: ALFI Bali

Multimodal Is a Part of Freight Forwarding: ALFI Bali

Delivering cargoes using multimodal transports of land, sea, air in doing activities of export, import, and domestic distribution as well, is a part of freight forwarding services. In view of this, it is no need for the companies with permit of JPT (freight forwarding) to have special permit on multimodal transport (BUAM) anymore, according to A.A. Bayu Bagus Saputra, Chairman of Indonesia Logistics and Forwarders’ Association Chapter Bali (DPW ALFI Bali).

“Doing transportation business, weather with one mode or multimodal, is our (freight forwarding companies) daily works. The term of JPT in our country is actually for freight forwarding companies. It is in line with the normal global business practice,” Bayu said in a statement to Indonesia Shipping Gazette in responding the issue on special permit for multimodal transport that has been becoming a corridor talk among stakeholders in the last several weeks.

JPT (freight forwarders) in Bali, Bayu explained, mostly handled the export furniture and handicraft ordered by tourists under door to door scheme and delivered to any cities worldwide. For these services, forwarders have to deploy at least two modes of transportation: land and air.

“In addition to furniture and handicraft, we (Bali freight forwarders) also handled export of life fish. We are supported by high frequency of air transportation,” he said.

General Secretary of ALFI Headquarter (DPP) Akbar Djohan affirmed, so many freight forwarders (JPT) has been running as an MTO (Multimodal Transport Operator).

Quoting the Minister of Transportation Decree (SK) No: KP.781/2012 on ALFI/ILFA, Akbar explained that ALFI/ILFA is association of freight forwarding (JPT) companies or logistics operators, expedition companies, customs clearance (PPJK), and multimodal transport operators (MTO/BUAM).

“Numbers of companies applying multimodal transportation system tends to increase. The increasing numbers of forwarders that upgrade their class members from domestic to international is an indication,” he said.

In addition, in the first semester of 2020 amid the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak, the number of forwarding companies membered of ALFI that registered themselves to be member of FIATA (Federation of International Freight Forwarders Associations) continued to increase.

“Being member of FIATA, a forwarder has to get recommendation and approval from ALFI. That is why we really understand the trend, many Indonesia forwarders want to be global players,” he said.

Akbar explained that being member of FIATA, a national forwarder (JPT) can use cargo document issued by FIATA as not all transport document can enter 158 countries in the world.

“But, FIATA B/L, including FIATA Multimodal Transport Document can be accepted by all countries in the world, including to USA the country well-known with a very tight selection,” Akbar said.

Hence, Akbar is urging the government to review the government regulation PP No. 8/2011 and its sub-regulation of Ministry of Transportation’s No 8/2012. Those regulations, according to Akbar, should be reviewed and revised to follow the AFAMT (ASEAN Framework Agreement on Multimodal Transport).


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