Jakarta - 18 February 2020 - The Indonesia Customs and Excise Department, which sits under the Ministry of Finance, today announced the use of the blockchain-enabled TradeLens platform in Indonesia. The announcement follows several months of implementation since the department first announced it was joining the TradeLens ecosystem at the end of last year. Indonesia Customs and Excise Department is the third government agency in Southeast Asia to use the platform.
TradeLens is a digital global trade platform that enables more efficient and accurate container tracking and information sharing among platform members. The TradeLens platform, jointly developed by AP Moller — Maersk and IBM, digitizes formerly paper-based shipping processes, resulting in instantaneous and immutable end-to-end data.
By replacing formerly paper-based processes, TradeLens will provide the Indonesia Customs and Excise Department with an automatic and immutable tracking tool which will lead to a more secure, transparent, efficient and simpler workflow, with near real-time information sharing from a diverse network of ecosystem members.
The Indonesia Customs and Excise Department is working on expanding the National Logistic Ecosystem (NLE) which will enable both demand and supply sectors of the logistic community to meet and collaborate effectively. Using a system called CEISA 4.0 (Customs Excise Information System and Automation), they plan to expand NLE to bring together importers and exporters to collaborate and share information with logistics providers.
Authorities will now be able to receive shipping data as soon as containers leave the port of origin. This will give the Customs and Excise Department more time to prepare to receive shipments, thereby enabling more efficient and thorough fraud and forgery inspections as well as more consistent and transparent revenue collection processes.
Mr. Deni Sujantoro, Head of Communications and Publications for the Custom and Excise Office said, “The customs and excise department aims to leverage the blockchain solution to simplify the exchange of goods, automate documentation and increase co-operation and communication between counterparties. With the Collaboration Application Programing Interface [API] concept, all logistics activities including trucking, warehousing, shipping and freight forwarding at both domestic and global levels can now be brought together and shared through a single platform — TradeLens.”
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