PNG Ports providing ‘internationally-recognised security’ at main port


PNG Ports Corporation Ltd says it provides internationally-recognised and accepted security at its main port of entries for international cargo.
This role, however, does not include customs and quarantine duties.
Managing director Stanley Alphonse said its core business was providing port facilities to facilitate trade and commerce.
“We do not handle cargo nor do we check the cargo that transits through our ports,” he said.
“Other state agencies like PNG Customs and National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority (Naqia) enforce tax and other laws to keep illegal imports and plant diseases out of the country.”
Alphonse said PNG Ports’ role in the economy was much similar to the role the National Airports Corporation played: owning airport facilities and charging fees on users.
His explanation followed the arrest of several men of Asian origin for importing fake SP beer products, resulting in widespread condemnation in the community.
Apart from alcohol products, there were other fake and illegal products entering various key sea ports around the country unchecked in recent years.
“Our security is audited by the US coastguard and certified under the International Ship & Port Facilities Code,” Alphonse said.
“We want the economy, and in particular all our stakeholders in the country, to know that we are doing our very best to ensure all cargo transiting through our ports are safe and secure.”