Lautoka Port aims implementation of Sea Container Hygiene System
The Port of Lautoka successfully hosted a trial test on the implementation of the Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) conducted by the Pacific Horticulture and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA) on August 10.
The SCHS is a long- term strategy developed to manage biosecurity risks associated with sea containers at the port of loading and the trial was attended by representatives from Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL), Fiji Ports Terminal Limited (FPTL), Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) including shipping agents and companies.
At the trial test, PHAMA’s SCHS advisor Jene Browne explained the economic benefits to the exporting country using SCHS.
Mr Browne said it would increase the revenue provided by the exports by reducing the cost of exporting containers.
FPTL Operation Coordinator Sevuloni Lavaisiga said based on Mr Browne’s training, the number of container inspections at the Port would increase if the SCHS is fully implemented.
“Apart from delivering direct cost savings to the exporter, it would result in faster movement of containers at the wharves which is advantage to our (FPTL) operation,” Mr Lavaisiga said.
PHAMA National Coordinator Losalini Leweniqila is thankful to Fiji Ports for facilitating the trial and is hopeful that SCHS would be implemented in the Port of Lautoka in the near future.