From August 18 to September 2, Indonesia will host the 18th Asian Games, a pan-Asian multi-sport event which will be held in Jakarta and Palembang. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Jakarta and reports suggest that the sporting event will draw around 17,000 athletes and sports officials as well as more than 100,000 international spectators. The tournament will include a variety of 42 games, out of which 20 will be held inside the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex in Jakarta and the rest will be spread across Jakarta Convention Centre, the International Expo, Ancol Beach and other locations in the North, East, and South of Jakarta. In Palembang, most sporting events will take place at the Jakabaring Sport City and Bumi Sriwijaya Stadium.
To cater to this large sporting event, authorities have increased flights at Soekarno Hatta International Airport (CGK) and Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport (PLM) which serves Jakarta and Palembang respectively. Furthermore, environmental cleanup programs, as well as traffic restrictions, have been imposed in Jakarta to curb air pollution and reduce congestion. An odd-even license plate policy on vehicles has been on a trial run since July 2 to measure the athletes’ average travel time during the events. The regulation stipulates that vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers will only be allowed to travel in certain zones on odd-numbered dates. The same applies to plates ending with even numbers on even-numbered dates. The trial period ended on July 31 and the official implementation of the policy came into effect on August 1 again. This will last until September 2 with the hours extended from 06:00 to 21:00 (local time). The notice issued by the transportation authorities indicated that the policy also applies to cargo trucks as they fall under the category of Group III, IV and V vehicles, which includes containers and trailers.
While the games will not have a significant impact on ocean and airfreight as well as on customs clearance processes, in-land freight movement including pickup and delivery services are likely to face localized disruptions due to the scheduled operating hours of a few toll gates in Jakarta during the games. From August 18 to September 2, authorities will reportedly restrict the operating hours of the following toll gates (see map):
Toll gates closed between 06:00 to 17:00 (local time):
- Pintu Tol Angke 2
- Pintu Tol Tanjung Duren
- Pintu Tol Slipi 2
- Pintu Tol Taman Mini 1
Toll gates closed between 12:00 to 21:00 (local time):
- Pintu Tol Angke 1
- Pintu Tol Slipi 1
- Pintu Tol Taman Mini 2
Trucks carrying goods can use the Kebon Bawang toll gate between 22:00 to 05:00 to access the Tanjung Priok Port to the Inner Circle toll road. Furthermore, reports indicate that trucking will be diverted through the arterial road and will be allowed to enter through the Rorotan Toll Gate and Cakung directly to the Outer Ring Road.
According to sources, around 60,000 security personnel will be deployed during the Asian Games to ensure public security which may result in vehicle spot checks for trucks that are operating at night due to the change in schedules. Customers with interests in shipments to Indonesia during the Asian Games should keep in mind the traffic policy changes and the potential delays in in-land freight movement. Customers are advised to liaise with local partners to keep abreast of local traffic regulations to ensure timely cargo and pickup delivery services.