Despite having not yet covered all commodities, the implementation of the mandatory National Single Window (NSW) scheme at the countrys five major ports has progressed well, a government official says.
Director-general of Customs and Excise Thomas Sugijata said the mandatory NSW implementation for imports and exports had been fully implemented on the countrys five ports as originally scheduled.
As part of trade cooperation with other members of ASEAN, Indonesia has gradually implemented the NSW integrated customs and clearance system on inflows of goods from and to five major ports sincelast year.
The national mandatory of NSW system on imports was simultaneously implemented on Jan. 18 at five ports – Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta, Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, East Java, Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang, Central Java, Belawan Port in Medan, North Sumatra, and Jakartas Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
In regard to exports, the system was gradually implemented, begun at the Tanjung Perak on Jan. 18, at the Tanjung Emas Port on June 19, at the Belawan Port on July 13, at Tanjung Priok Port on Aug. 5, and at Soekarno-Hatta on Sept23.
During the period from January to June, at least 63,655 import documents have been processed via the NSW portal, 60.56 percent of which were licensed.
During the same period, 14,749 export documents were processed through NSW portals, 75.10 percent of which were unlicensed.
Susiwijono acknowledged that the national mandatory of NSW implementation for exports had been slower due to sensitive customs clearance procedures.
“We have to be more careful in carrying out the mandatory NSW implementation for export,” he said. For imports, any delays in clearing containers from the port terminal would only result additional storage fee of US$20 per container per day, whereas delays to the customs clearance of exports may lead to the shipment being cancelled.
For many business players, the NSW as an integrated customs clearance procedure had not yet covered all the documentations needed in import and export activities.
EG Ismy, the Indonesian Textile Association (API) secretary general, said that banking and tax payment process had not yet been linked to the container clearing process.
“Importers still have to show payment documents directly to the customs officials when they want to clear containers from the port terminal, instead of simply carrying out the payment online,” he said.
Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa said the mandatory NSW implementation on both ex-ports and imports should be carried out in stages due to lack of capable human resources and inadequate supporting infrastructure
“Its still not perfect But, we will continuously improve the system,” he told The Jakarta Post recently.
Compared to other ASEAN member countries, Indonesia had the most advanced NSW system in terms of providing real-time customs clearance process albeit weaknesses in its implementation, he said.
Meanwhile, Susiwijono Moegiar-so, the csustoms and excise information director at the Directorate General Customs and Excise, said the NSW, which was formulated in 2007, would not only simplify the customs clearance procedure but also the port handling system in order to support export and export activities.
“It provides data validity and accuracy enabling to acquire real-time customs clearance procedures,” Susiwijono Moegiarso, Customs and Excise Information director at the Directorate General of Customs and Excise, told the Post recently,