Indonesia Concerned About Increase In Smuggling From PNG

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PNG authorities say smugglers mostly from Indonesia

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 9, 2015) – The Indonesian Government has raised issues of great concern that the smuggling of goods from Papua New Guinea is now increasing at an alarming rate.

Already there are plans to have more meetings with PNG authorities to address these issues now that the two countries are engaged in many business activities.

Goods such as sea cucumbers and fish stomach, as well as marijuana are often smuggled across the border.

This has indicated that the Indonesian-PNG border is rife with illegal smuggling, especially at parts of Merauke, Papua, and Daru in PNG, according to Indonesian defence intelligence officials.

Yesterday the Merauke naval base commander Brigadier General Buyung Lalana issued a statement to the media in Indonesia citing specific areas that were prone to smuggling due to limited equipment, such as motorboats.

The statement said the smugglers were mostly Indonesians and smuggled goods from PNG.

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