South Pacific International Container Terminal (SPICT) in Lae, Papua New Guinea, recently handled its first delivery of coffee bags following the opening of its coffee bulking facility.
SPICT, an ICTSI operation, took delivery of 320 bags of green coffee beans from Monpi Coffee Exports Ltd, one of the country’s major coffee producers and the first to avail of SPICT’s newest service offering. The shipment was bound for export to Melbourne, Australia.
“We thank Monpi Coffee Exports for trusting SPICT to handle their valuable commodity," said Robert Maxwell, CEO of SPICT. “After almost a year of securing the necessary permits from state regulators and consultation with coffee experts across the country, we are now ready to provide the highest level of service to PNG’s coffee industry.”
SPICT’s coffee bulking facility offers a 2,000 m2, fully equipped warehouse, manned by a specialised team and is fully compliant with Coffee Industry Corporation requirements. SPICT assures customers have readily available containers from all shipping lines, as well as zero risk of missed sailings for shipments approved by the CIC and other concerned agencies.
“Opening the coffee bulking facility is one of our major accomplishments for this year,” said Maxwell. “Having a young and capable team, along with ICTSI’s cargo handling expertise, we look forward to helping PNG’s coffee industry grow by helping exporters.”2
Coffee production is one of PNG’s major industries and provides income to more than 3M Papua New Guineans. Most of the country’s coffee production is centred on Arabica and Robusta, and around 99.9% of the harvest is exported as green beans. SPICT has good connectivity with the Morobe and the Highlands region, which account for more than 90% of the country’s coffee production.