Manufacturers in Lae saythe removal of government protection of locally made products is hurting businesses.
Chicken producers and drink makers are among those hit hard by cheaper imports.
Coca-Cola is one ofthe many being affected.
Sincethe reemergence of Singaporean and Malaysian made Pepsi, importers have saturatedthe Papua New Guinearsquo;s informal markets forcing Coca-Cola to drastically reduce it prices.
ther drink manufacturers are also feelingthe pinch.