Indonesia’s president hails new direct call to the US

Indonesia’s president was on hand at Jakarta port yesterday for a momentous day for the transpacific trades. Joko Widodo bade the 9,365 teu CMA CGM Tage farewell on its maiden voyage from the Indonesian capital across the Pacific, becoming the first direct call between Southeast Asia’s most populous nation and the US.

During his visit, President Widodo highlighted the importance of the transpacific trade and the major role played by the CMA CGM, which deploys in Jakarta the largest ships calling Indonesian ports.

“We loaded the ship with 4,300 T containers. It is a large number. With the direct call, the transporting of goods is more efficient,” Jokowi said

Through its JAX service, CMA CGM is the only container shipping company offering direct call services between Indonesia and the West Coast of the United States. It is also the leader in exports from Indonesia to the US West Coast.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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