Customs to help expats in goods clearince
In a move to recognize the services of the Sri Lankan expatriate
workers, the Sri Lanka Customs is to introduce a novel mechanism that
would expedite the clearing process of goods sent by them via sea and
This novel mechanism which would be effective from next month, would
ease the clearing process and expatriate workers living in remote parts
of the country need not linger in Colombo for days until their goods
could be cleared by the Customs.
The department jointly with ware house owners is implementing this
programme. According to Customs Director General Nevil Gunawardena, ware
house owners have agreed to extend their fullest cooperation for this
He said that the ware house agents in the middle east and other
western countries, have agreed to send the list of items to be sent by
Sri Lankan expatriate workers prior to their delivery to Sri Lanka, via
email and Customs officials would take prompt action to release these
items based on the details in the list.
He said that these agents should inform the Customs immediately, if
they find any suspicious items from expatriate workers and the
department was maintaining a separate record on such suspicious cargos.