By HELEN TARAWA
PNG Customs Service container examination facilities (CEF) at Motukea North in Port Moresby will be in full operation by January, project manager Kila Karo says.
Karo, in his presentation to the public and private sector stakeholders on Friday, said the K35 million projects for Port Moresby and Lae were funded by the Government.
He said Customs had planned for the two facilities. The Lae project has been delayed due to major problems and negotiations were continuing.
“The Lae major problem was land and we’ve left the old site and relocated to the new site, which is closer to the Lae Tidal Basin area,” Karo said.
“PNG Customs is negotiating with the Morobe provincial government to take on this project.”
Karo said the facilities were to protect PNG borders and minimise the import of illicit goods, trade facilitation, revenue collection and protection and increase detection of prohibited imports and exports.
“This is one of the single most expensive investments that the PNG Government has given to the Customs Service.
“We are trying to run these container examination facilities in Port Moresby and Lae, similar to those in Australia.”
Karo said the Motukea facilities building construction started in September 2014 and was completed, with equipment installed as well.
The X-ray scanners were supplied and installed by Nuctech of China. The mechanical installation of the machine in Port Moresby was completed in May last year and first-test scan done in December.
“We are going through some negotiations to put in the correct amount of power into the facilities because we will be running a lot of equipment.”
By HELEN TARAWA