By Delly Waigeno – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The import of counterfeit goods and non-compliance of PNG Customs requirements and regulations remains an ongoing problem.
Taking this into account, PNG Customs, through its Compliance and Procedures Division, has been conducting Awareness Workshops on Customs Requirements.
The objective of the workshop is to educate and inform stakeholders to ensure compliance.
PNG Customs is concerned that the increase in non-compliance of customs laws and regulations in the region is fueling unscrupulous and illegal business activities.
This in turn has resulted in the loss of revenue for governments, as well as threats to public health and safety. It has therefore become crucial to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to address this cross-cutting border issue.
A participant at today’s workshop was William Mininga from the industrial hardware and safety suppliers, Bishops.
Mininga gave a presentation on the STIHL brand, saying there are counterfeits leaking into the country and making their way in shops.
He said the counterfeit chainsaws would be destroyed to send a strong message.
At the end of the stakeholders’ awareness on customs requirements and regulatory industrial standards, it is expected that the stakeholders will go away more informed and more proactive about ensuring compliance of both importers and exporters.