Rupiah Weakens, Depressed Shipping Industry

By : Ridwan And Aldi Firhand. A | Wednesday, September 19 2018 - 19:52 IWST

Carmelita Hartoto, Chairman of the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) (Foto Ist)
Carmelita Hartoto, Chairman of the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) (Foto Ist)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta, Strengthening the exchange rate of the United States (US) dollar against the rupiah depresses the performance of the logistics sector, including the shipping industry. The reason is, this sector conducts more transactions and other payments in US dollars. As a result, this sector needs to take efficiency measures strictly.

This was conveyed by Carmelita Hartoto, Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Transportation, who is also the Chairperson of the Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) DPP in Jakarta (18/9).

"Our revenues are large in Rupiah but there are many operating expenses in US dollars, in this case like spare parts so we hope that in the future our industry will be built faster and provide convenience to entrepreneurs who want to build industries in the region," Carmelita said.

According to him, many spare parts were imported from abroad and purchased in US dollars due to domestic unavailability.

This is what makes the exchange difference, because of income in Rupiah but expenditure in US Dollars, therefore he asks the government to develop a logistics support industry.

"We are encouraging the industry to be built as soon as possible, for example, just like small nuts and bolts that are still from abroad, the industry is not here, so we have to buy from the outside," he continued.

But he is confident that with the current government's focus on developing the world's maritime axis, the industry that is related to logistics and supply chains in the future will also be good.

What is clear, he hopes the government provides facilities for logistical actors so that their business continues to grow.

So far around 90% of shipments of export-import goods use foreign vessels paid using US dollars. Thus, when the rupiah weakens, the cost of logistics becomes an additional burden.

News Comment

Today's Industry

NORD-DuoDrive.jpg: The innovative and patented DuoDrive geared motor reaches outstanding system efficiency Image: NORD DRIVESYSTEMS

Selasa, 17 Mei 2022 - 14:00 WIB

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS at LogiMAT in Stuttgart From 31st May to 2nd June 2022 NORD will present innovative drive solutions for intralogistics

The specialist LogiMAT exhibition in Stuttgart offers as comprehensive overview of the intralogistics and process management market. As one of the market leaders for drive technology, NORD presents…

President Jokowi attends the meeting between ASEAN leaders and American entrepreneurs at Intercontinental the Willard Hotel, Washington DC, Thursday (05/12). Photo by: Laily Rachev

Selasa, 17 Mei 2022 - 13:00 WIB

President Jokowi Invites US CEOs to Boost Cooperation with Indonesia

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has invited company CEOs in the United States to boost cooperation with ASEAN countries, particularly Indonesia.

President Jokowi, President Biden, and ASEAN Leaders on a group photo prior to the dinner, at the White House, Washington D.C., Thursday (05/12)

Selasa, 17 Mei 2022 - 12:28 WIB

President Jokowi, ASEAN Leaders Attend Dinner Hosted by US President

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Thursday (05/12) attended a dinner with the leaders of ASEAN countries hosted by President of the United States Joe Biden at the White House, Washington D.C.

(Photo: © 2022 KRAIBURG TPE)

Selasa, 17 Mei 2022 - 11:23 WIB

TPE unleashes benefits for pet accessories

The pet care market is rapidly expanding as pet ownership increases, as does spending on pet food, grooming tools, and accessories. Pet owners are significantly concerned about the prevalence…

Sergey Sedov, Founder and CEO of Robocash Group

Jumat, 13 Mei 2022 - 16:15 WIB

Robocash Group reached 2 BN USD of disbursement and issued audited financial report of 2021

Robocash Group publishes the audited combined financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2021. The Group reached an all-time high 2 BN USD of issued financing and is expected to increase…