PNG’s ‘ineffective Maseratis’ – now a used automobile twist to the luxurious automobile saga

PNG Put up-Courier

There’s a new twist in Papua New Guinea’s four-year drama surrounding the Maseratis purchased for the 2018 APEC Summit.

It has emerged that the Division of International Affairs, which desires to ship the luxurious autos to overseas missions overseas, can’t achieve this, as a result of the autos — which have been amassing mud in a Port Moresby warehouse — will now be labeled as “used autos”.

And a few international locations during which PNG’s overseas missions are primarily based can’t settle for them beneath that class.

International Affairs Secretary Elias Wohengu mentioned that Papua New Guinea was additionally a non-vehicle producing nation which didn’t have a licence or allow to export autos, not to mention used ones.

Many developed international locations may settle for something labeled as “used autos” from PNG.

Different international locations, reminiscent of Solomon Islands and Indonesia, additionally produce other obstacles to beat, if the vehicles have been going to be despatched ultimately — Solomon Islands doesn’t have good paved roads for such low-lying luxurious autos, and Indonesian roads are simply too crowded. Quick vehicles such because the Maseratis might be of no use there.

Early final yr a discover was despatched for PNG International Affairs Division and its missions overseas to be given the precedence to buy Maseratis and Bentleys for his or her operations.

Challenges going through missions
There have been challenges going through the missions and their heads on the latter.

Yesterday Wohengu spelled out the challenges stopping the vehicles from being despatched throughout to the PNG Missions.

“As quickly because the autos go away the gross sales spot, it’s portrayed as a used automobile already,” he mentioned.

“A few of these host international locations don’t settle for used vehicles so now we have the used automobile problem.

“Second problem that now we have is the price of cargo . . . However the greatest problem is that many international locations don’t settle for used vehicles, particularly for diplomatic use and never from PNG,” he mentioned.

“We might have gotten autos for all of the missions, however you see, I can’t ship a Bentley or a Maserati to Solomon Islands. Equally I can’t ship these autos to Jayapura or Fiji.

“However most of all, the used vehicles usually are not accepted in lots of host international locations. Additionally we don’t have a allow for exporting used vehicles out of PNG. We will purchase new autos from elsewhere however we are able to’t export them from PNG.

“Australia won’t settle for these vehicles from right here, Singapore completely no. These are some examples.”

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