Customs sign agreement to install container x-ray machine in Lae and Port Moresby
The Papua New Guinea Customs Service (PNGCS) is close to concluding on its biggest ever project yet with the signing of documents last week between the Central Supply and Tenders Board (CSTB) and Chinese container x-ray machine company Nuctech.
The documents were signed by CSTB Chairman Philip Eludeme and Nuctech Marketing Manager Shao Wei, witnessed by Acting Commissioner of Customs Ray Paul.
With this stage of the project completed, it will take between six to eight months for the x-ray machine to be manufactured and delivered to Lae, Morobe province, where it will be placed inside a constructed container examination facility. The construction of a similar facility in Port Moresby is currently awaiting lease agreement clearances from the offices of the Government Office Allocation and State Solicitor. Each x-ray equipment has cost K6 million.
Acting Commissioner Ray Paul said it was pleasing to see that Customs was close to concluding the container examination facility project because it will immensely contribute towards increasing compliance and revenue generation, whilst at the same time ensuring 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", Mr. Paul stated. "We will begin conducting awareness on the project soon but it is important now for everybody to be aware of this milestone project because we are working towards providing an environment that is conducive for legitimate trade and business."
Nuctech's Marketing Manager Shao Wei said the company is also the supplier of container x-ray machines to the Australian Customs Service and Border Protection and PNG is the first among other Pacific Island countries to seek their services.
CSTB chairman Philip Eludeme congratulated both parties for making progress on the project and urged Customs to use this modern technology to enhance its service delivery in the area of trade facilitation with efficiency.
Local construction company Sedema Tech has already been engaged to construct the facility that will house the x-ray machine in Lae.
MR. RAY PAUL