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Mapai commenced operations in 1985 with a single vehicle and now operates out of depots in Lae, Mt Hagen (both with fully equipped workshops) and a new depot in Goroka.

Mapai has a transport fleet in excess of:

  • 70 prime movers on the “highway” with 170 trailers
  • 20 “town” delivery trucks (spread between Lae, Goroka and Mt Hagen)
  • 20ft/40ft sidelifters with a number of top lifter and reach stacker forklifts
  • Over 600 containers (87 brand new 20ft containers with more on order)


Mapai is currently undertaking infrastructure projects at both its Lae and in Mt Hagen depots, with Mt Hagen in particular where investment is being made in warehousing and a new container yard being developed currently. Mapai has recently purchased adjacent land to the Lae head office to further develop its warehousing capacity.


In early 2008 Mapai established and now conducts a fully an integrated customs and freight forwarding business (incorporated as Mapai Customs and Forwarding Agency Ltd) to provide customs clearance services to the business community and is providing ancillary services to Mapai Transport Ltd.
The company has grown from strength to strength to become a significant trucking company in PNG. Its fleet operates almost exclusively with Australian built Kenworth Prime Movers (designed for PNG) with UD and Hino trucks.


Mapai Transport’s specialised transport capability is focused on the development of transport and freight logistics services in PNG. It offers a combination of local knowledge and service backed up by the company owned and operated transport and workshop assets to be a truly integrated logistics service.
Mapai Transport aims to operate on a self sufficient basis in offering its services to establish its competitive edge with its depots operating 24/7. Mapai has installed a GPS vehicle tracking system that sends a signal every 2 minutes from each vehicle to our control centre in Lae, which is manned 24/7, which supports the drivers and provides security to our customers freight. This provides security and becomes the backbone to our operations team giving vital information for delivery times especially when there are problems on the highway.


Mapai has Installed the Cargo Wise operation software which gives added integrity to our information systems.


The company’s objective is to maintain its leadership in the transport industry as a top-tier transport/logistics company. This should be achieved by quality and timely service rendered to the customer’s satisfaction.