“ Although the AEC supports the free-movement of skilled labour, there has yet to be a common agreement in terms of the standards for ASEAN workers in this regard. ”
The company was established in 1985 by my father Mr Kandradi Lookman. Our company started as a fruit trading company in East Java where my father and his brother bought a small-sized truck for fruit deliveries. From there, they began expanding their line of business to cargo transport which has continued today where we have opened offices in Surabaya and Jakarta. Moreover, Lookman Djaja dominates land transportation from Java and Sumatra which we will continue to expand further in keeping with the government’s development projects. I joined Lookman Djaja in 2006 in which I am in-charge of operations for the Central and West Jakarta areas. We have a streamlined bureaucracy because of our open culture approach in the company.
After I took the helm of the company, we expanded our fleet of trucks from 15 to 300 units while also becoming a PT although this was also partly due to enforced government regulations. All of our trucks are equipped with a GPS tracking system and we are in the midst of developing an Android application. These initiatives better position our company in this digital era while also offering greater convenience to our customers.
We have obtained certifications for ISO 9001 as well as OHSAS as a means to further develop better professionalism within the company. Over the years, we have also ventured into other sectors such as property through PT Lookman Djaja Land especially given that the logistics industry cannot be separated from the property sector. Going forward, we are looking to strengthen this business division. In terms of our logistics arm, we are aiming to engage further in mass transportation hence we have partnered with Kereta Api Indonesia for warehousing and cargo services.
We appreciate the government’s efforts and we acknowledge President Joko Widodo’s goal of pushing for infrastructure development in addition to developing the outer islands. This measure would not only support the local areas but also assist industry players offering cargo services. Moreover, the President and his administration are also moving forward with the sea-toll project although there is improvement needed. We have close relations with the Transportation Ministry who provides us in-depth information regarding the progress of the sea-toll project. Based on these aspects, I am optimistic about the future of our industry.
The current administration has carried out their job quite well especially because they are listening to the needs of industry players. In fact, they invited a number of industry leaders for a discussion regarding road blockages a few months ago. Moreover, we have seen significant measures in place in regards to human capital competency and advancing the tourism industry.
Additionally, we are a member of APTRINDO and ASPERINDO in which we have established a company called Logistik Insan Prima that is a member of Badan Nasional Sertifikasi Profesi. Thus far we have certified 2,000 individuals in the logistics sector and that figure will grow given that we will also begin providing training to our drivers. Additional assistance which we provide to the government is by working with the Ministry of Transportation to establish a cargo terminal or cargo village.
Lookman Djaja is a member of the ASEAN Trucking Federation and furthermore, we have been invited to attend a conference by the International Route Union. In order to maximise all opportunities presented to our company, I ensure that we play an active role in various organisations.
We believe that the AEC has paved the way for trucking companies to enter cross-border logistics. Thus far Indonesian trucks have not partaken in this opportunity although this is poised to change this year given that we have been in talks previously. We are now looking into the required paperwork that will enable us to participate in cross-border logistics services.
Although the AEC supports the free movement of skilled labour, there has yet to be a common agreement in terms of the standards for ASEAN workers. To support this measure, we have established a Training Centre that is registered under BPSDM in order to accommodate to the Indonesian government’s goal of providing skilled local talents.
We are very open to partnering with foreign investors which we have done in previous years. Our company has carried out initiatives for joint ventures, partnerships, and business to business activities. Our diverse client portfolio encompasses 75% international companies and 25% local companies thus we are accustomed to working with foreign partners. At the moment, our main client portfolio is from the United States while the Asian region serves as the second-largest.
Lookman Djaja looks for a prospective partner who fully understands the transportation industry and we also consider the feasibility of the agreement itself. For us, we stress the importance for potential partners to want to comply with Indonesian laws and regulations. Lastly, Lookman Djaja also emphasises the need for other companies to prioritise on business and environmental sustainability.
We are an innovative and solutions-driven company where we tailor our products to be able to accommodate the needs of our customers. Moreover, our company’s close relations with the government enables our partners to receive first-hand updates on any changes impacting the industry. As a company involved in the logistics industry, it is therefore essential for industry players including Lookman Djaja to continuously provide solutions as a means of remaining sustainable.