Meratus Opens New Route Services to Support the Improvement of National Leading Export Commodities.

Belawan, Medan 30 September 2021– Meratus Line, Indonesia's leading logistics and maritime, has launched a new international route service. Connecting Belawan in Medan with Port Klang in Malaysia. This new route is expected to enhance the competitiveness of Indonesia's leading export commodities.

Meratus Malacca Express, as the Belawan-Port Klang-Belawan service is known, will sail every week. This route is run directly from the port of Belawan via Port Klang, Malaysia, without any transit or stops at other terminals in order to speed up travel times and the effectiveness of shipping goods. This direct service is provided as our commitment always to prioritize delivery time and quality.

We see the current condition of the insufficiency of ship space and container capacity and the high freight cost in Indonesia. This is not balanced by the increased demand for superior national commodities on the global market. As a result, Meratus dedicates this international route service to meet the export needs for superior national commodities, particularly oil palm and its derivatives in North Sumatra, which has increased since 2020 and is expected to increase further in the coming year. This effort is part of Meratus' concern for national economic growth.

"Meratus is committed to playing an active role in efforts to help the Indonesian economy, one of which is to support increasing the competitiveness of superior national commodities with route services both domestically and internationally," said Cahyadi Hiunardi, General Manager Commercial Meratus Line at the opening ceremony of Meratus Malacca Express at Belawan Port, Medan.

Also present at the event, Meratus Line Chief Trade Officer Budi MR, Meratus Line Commercial General Manager Cahyadi Hiunardi, Meratus Line Branch Head Yongky Suherman, Belawan Customs Office Head Tri Utomo Hendro Wibowo, Belawan Container Terminal representative, Yarham Arif, office representative Belawan Port Authority, Pelindo, and guests.

The Head of the Belawan Customs Office, Tri Utomo Hendro Wibowo, expressed his appreciation and support for the launch of the new Meratus Malacca Express route for economic recovery. "Hopefully the new route can help to overcome the insufficiency of container capacity so that commodity exports in North Sumatra get space for economic recovery," said Tri Utomo.

Previously, Meratus had also opened international route services in Lampung and Jakarta to Singapore. May this international Meratus route service can be an opportunity to increase the export trade of leading commodities in various regions in Indonesia. Meratus will continue to expand its network by offering supply chain solutions to support the success of Indonesian exporters.

Supported by more than 30 routes, 35 agency networks, 65 self-owned container ships, two container terminals, and more than 15 land container logistics centers and warehouses, Meratus continues to innovate in an effort to help the economy and facilitate logistics flows both domestically and internationally. This is in line with Meratus' vision to remain at the forefront.