The National, Wednesday 29th August, 2012
THE Papua New Guinea Customs Service is close to concluding its biggest ever project yet with the signing of documents last week between the Central Supply and Tenders Board and Chinese container X-ray machine company, Nuctech.
The documents were signed by Customs chairman Philip Eludeme and Nuctech marketing manager Shao Wei and witnessed by acting Commissioner of Customs Ray Paul.
It will take between six and eight months for the X-ray machine to be made and delivered to Lae, Morobe, where it will be placed inside a container examination facility.
The construction of a similar facility in Port Moresby is awaiting lease agreement clearances from the offices of the Government Office Allocation and State Solicitor.
The X-ray machine costs K6 million each.
Paul said it was pleasing to see that Customs was close to concluding the container examination facility project because it would immensely contribute towards increasing compliance and revenue generation, while ensuring the express clearance of goods and restoring and promoting investment confidence in the country.
“This is a warning to importers who misclassify or evade duties, your days are numbered and we will get to you,” Paul said.
“We will begin conducting awareness on the project soon.”