Illegal imports addressed

Business

By MARK HAIHUIE
ILLEGAL imports are expected to be reduced with the use of the container examination facility, according to the PNG Customs Service chief commissioner Ray Paul.
“To enable PNGCS to effectively address the increasing risk of the importation of prohibited and illicit goods within an environment of increasing volumes, an intelligence-led, risk-based approach to interventions has been adopted,” Paul said.
“The PNGCS will continue to refine its risk assessment processes to identify high risk importers, allowing legitimate importers to continue unimpeded.
“The role of the CEF is to conduct examinations of targeted sea cargo to detect prohibited and illicit goods.
“The number of containers to be inspected on a daily basis balances the need to protect PNG’s borders, while still facilitating legitimate trade.
“As such, the container x-ray business process is based on risk managed profiling and targeting.
“It delivers an increased search capability to increase the detections of illicit goods at the nation’s border.
“This capability includes the detections of illicit drugs, mis-described or undeclared tobacco, prohibited imports such as firearms, misreporting of goods and possible fraud. When the x-ray facility is fully operational, we will inspect 40 containers a week, with eight containers having further intervention from Customs.”
Paul told The National that Customs would open a similar facility in Lae and other ports which dealt with large volumes of cargo.
“Customs is also in the process of building a similar facility in Lae,” he said.

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