040416 Exporting a very expensive exercise for many companies
By Joe Elijah
While the ABG is calling and encouraging many local companies to export our local produce, it has been revealed that to export any produce out of Bougainville, exporting companies are faced with many expenses to pay.
According to a survey carried out by Tambolema Holdings a Copra Export company just recently, when the ABG is preaching and encouraging local companies to go into export businesses, it is not assisting the current exporters to come up with incentives to support the current exporting companies with such things like lowering the export licenses, running short in house training for the farmers to grade the quality of produce required for the overseas markets, and better still do away with many unnecessary allowances for its public servants who travel to other ports to discharge and export their produce as they are already on payroll.
According to this independent survey carried out last week, if the ABG is prepared to meet some of the expenses now faced by current exporting companies, many local companies can generate more revenue for ABG in terms of importing and exporting our produce.
It is understood a report of the findings which will be made available in a documentary, “ THE OTHER SIDE OF EXPORTING”, that will be presented to ABG through its Bougainville Executive Council to address and assist our local companies go into import and exporting businesses.
It is also anticipated that these unnecessary expenses of transporting, accommodating and paying allowance and Overtime for these people is increasing the expenses of exporting and can be reduced if officers are located in Arawa, Buin and Buka.
This can cut down on the cost of getting these officers to these centers when an Overseas vessel is in the area.