Jakarta: The government has asked state-owned shipping firm PT Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni) to start regular cargo services connecting the archipelago from the start of next year. Pelni currently is more focused on passenger routes, but transport minister Ignasius Jonan has asked Pelni to mirror its passenger footprint with new cargo services in a bid to reduce logistics costs in the giant Southeast Asian nation.
“With a scheduled sea freight, the public can predict what time the commodity will reach Wamena or Sorong, for example. Therefore, it provides certainty on the commodity price,” Jonan, the former president director of state-owned train operator PT KAI, said. [24/11/14]