PNG Ports Corporation has plans to make payment procedures simple and convenient for its customers, particularly for storage charges.
Processes are currently underway to have electronic funds transfer point of sale (Eftpos) terminals fitted at two of its major ports in Lae and Port Moresby.
There are plans for further expansion to all of its ports around Papua New Guinea where the conveniences of public utilities are available.
Bank South Pacific has verbally agreed upon the submission and approval of PNGPCL’s application to have an Eftpos system trialed first at the Port Moresby port.
Lae port will follow after trials in Port Moresby
PNGPCL chief finance officer Max Suwary, in a meeting with BSP officers Kevin Kasap and Vitus Felihau, said PNGPCL was “looking at automated invoicing through the Klein (ship manifest tracking) system to improve on turn-around times for invoice deliveries and also have Eftpos (terminals) installed at various (port) locations”.
Mr Suwary said the installation of Eftpos machines on site would minimise risks currently experienced with the handling of cash at port offices and also help speed up receipting of payments.
This will provide conveniences for customers to use their Eftpos cards to pay for services promptly, particularly for the storage charges which are required to be paid upfront prior to delivery as per company policy.
Mr Kasap gave total support to PNGPCL’s plans and informed the management that the Eftpos machine installation was free of charge” because the Eftpos terminals remained the sole property of BSP.