by Bethanie Harriman – EM TV News, Lae
Lae’s Swire shipping have established a coffee bulking area at the Lae ports to reduce time spent on handling before beans are shipped to overseas buyers.
The company owns the vessels, while the area becomes a one stop shop. Importantly, the coffee bags can be quality checked and quarantined before they are exported.
Papua New Guinea’s coffee industry is worth over K900 million and continues to grow.
Markets in Europe and other parts want PNG coffee.
This sustainable growth which Swire Shipping is setting up, is a coffee bulking facility.
Swire Country Manager, Randy Selvaratnam, said having the whole operation on the wharf would be effective. He describes the move as adding value to the company.
“It reduces a number of handling move by our customers as well as the integrity of our cargoes.”
The shipping company has created an area on the wharf for Coffee Industry Corporation personnel to run quality assurance checks and quarantine before export.
Coffee Industry Corporation Acting Chief Executive Officer, Charles Dambui, said the move by Swire adds value to Papua New Guinea’s coffee export.
“We are promoting tree to cup marketing strategy which we need to get the coffee to the buyers quicker.”
The Papua New Guinea coffee industry expects a surge in the amount of export beans coming from the highlands in 2016.
PNG Coffee Exports Managing Director, Jon Edwards, says the facility will help.