TANJUNG BALAI MUNICIPALITY
Tanjung Balai, which has a very important role in a water transportation, is surrounded by sea. Since the 19th century the port of Teluk Nibung port has been a part of Tanjung Balai Municipality. It was always used by the Dutch Shipping Company and was known as KPM (Konklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij).
It was also used by the shipping company called Horrison & Crosfield Trading Company which operated in North Sumatra. Both companies were the main transportation for various types of plantation crops in North Sumatra. The port is still fully used as a centre of distribution of goods for the Eastern Beach Society of Labuhan Batu and Riau island.
Tanjung Balai's location is very important because of the Port of Teluk Nibung which exports and imports plantation products and seafood from the sub-division of Province Asahan and Labuhan Batu. Much of it is sent to Malaysia and Singapore.
There are also banks, trading offices, transportation company offices, government offices, trains for freight goods, public buses, trucks, telephones, warehouses, industrial facilities and hotels.
Teluk Nibung is a visa free eastern gateway for tourists. Tanjung Balai, a fish producing city, is famous for its shells. The fish are consumed by local consumers and also sent to Malaysia and Singapore.
For recreation, it provides mechanized boats called 'water taxis' which are available for recreation and can be used to cross the Silau and Asahan rivers. It also provides express boats to Tanjung Balai / Teluk Nibung and Port Klang. Visitors can fish in this place. There are several restaurants that provide seafood which can be eaten on the bank of the river. In addition, the area around the Asahan river bank and Nibung Bay has been set aside as industrial areas with 500 hectares for future expansion in Nibung Bay sub-regency.