Expedition Service Tariff Rises, Impact of Fuel Price Increase

The increase in the price of fuel oil (BBM), especially diesel, has an impact on the increase in tariffs for freight transport services or expeditions in West Kalimantan. They plan to increase tariffs to 30 percent of the previous tariff. According to the man who is familiarly called Aseng, the increase in the price of oil or fuel affects the operation of land transportation services, especially in West Kalimantan.

“Oil affects 60 percent of operating costs. If the price of oil rises, the price of other goods will also increase. Tires, spare parts and other operational support such as loading and unloading costs and others," said Aseng to the Pontianak Post, Sunday (4/9).

For this reason, his party will increase the rate of expedition services, adjusting to the increase in fuel prices. "Because if it is not adjusted, there will definitely be a big loss for the expedition service actors," he said. Moreover, continued Aseng, his expedition company serves the delivery of goods with many routes in Kalimantan and outside Kalimantan such as Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya. As for the Kalimantan area, it serves the Pontianak-Singkawang, Bengkayang, Sejiram, Semitau, Selimbau, Putussibau to Badau routes. In addition, it also crosses Kalimantan, such as Central Kalimantan, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan and North Kalimantan.

According to Aseng, apart from the increase in fuel prices, another problem often faced by drivers and expedition entrepreneurs is the difficulty of getting diesel. Economic observer Wibisono Hardjopranoto said the government's decision to increase the price of fuel oil (BBM) was very appropriate. "It should have been increased (BBM) a long time ago, and subsidies were given to the right people," he said when confirmed in Mojokerto, East Java, Saturday night.

He admits, the impact of the fuel price hike is inflation. However, from an economic point of view, those who are included in the fixed income group will be affected by inflation. "This means that those affected by inflation are citizens who are unemployed, or affected by Covid-19," he said. The choice to increase fuel prices was also made on the basis that there were still many uses of subsidized fuel that were not well targeted. The government says that around 80 percent of subsidized fuel is used by industry and well-off households. “Many use (subsidized fuel) because there are no restrictions on who can and who buys and who doesn't. Pak Jokowi sees this as worthy of adjustment. Therefore, it is better for BLT to be given more precisely or directly to people," he said.