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Re-export of spices, allied products banned

On the instructions of Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economy and Policy Development Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa the imports of pepper, dried arecanut, tamarind, Cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, cloves and ginger has been banned with effect from midnight on December 5.

The release said this measure was aimed to encourage and provide incentives to cultivators of minor export crops and small and medium scale industrialists in the country.

“In the Gazette notification issued in terms of the commercial nerve centre clauses of the Finance Act, the import of spices for re-export has also been banned.

The release said this would bring dividends to farmers cultivating agricultural products in 9 districts”.

“In a second Gazette notification issued under the Finance Act, steps will be taken to regulate the import of Vesak lanterns, kites and joss sticks which are competitive local cottage industries,” the release said.

The release said henceforth no permits would also be issued for any garbage preparation or recycling projects for the purpose of transshipment or re-export. These steps had been taken to prevent any damage to Sri Lanka’s prestige as an export brand name.


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