THE PAPUA New Guinean government is looking into the issue of counterfeit goods being brought into the nation, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has confirmed during a discussion on a PNG talk back show.

Speaking on radio station FM100 in August, Mr O’Neill said the government would look into how government agencies could best stop the illegal importation of goods.

Callers to the show had raised concerns about counterfeit goods smuggled through borders such as Vanimo, Western Province and Bougainville.

Other reports also stated that many local manufacturers are complaining about their goods being duplicated and sold cheaply on the streets.

A statement from the prime minister’s office said PNG was struggling to address the issue, with PNG Customs Service burdened with resource constraints and human resource limitations.

Mr O’Neill said PNG needed to upgrade its border security, adding that the creation of the Border Development Authority was part of the government’s response to this, though some agencies said a whole of government approach was needed.