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SLANA commends government’s East Container Terminal development

Guest of Honour Hasitha De Alwis being presented a memento by Capt. A. V. Rajendra. picture by Saliya Rupasinghe
Guest of Honour Hasitha De Alwis being presented a memento by Capt. A. V. Rajendra. picture by Saliya Rupasinghe

The government has commenced the development of the East Container Terminal (ECT) and that move will benefit the main lines and the NVO lines and it will further strengthen Colombo as a hub status, Harsha De Silva, Chairperson, Non-Vessel Owning Container Carriers Agents (SLANA) told ‘Daily News Business’ in the sidelines of its 4th AGM held last week.

De Silva said that even though Sri Lanka was facing a tough situation due to COVID they had a good turnout, very good interest, and even the regional trade was improving with new things happening every day. “We are getting more feeder services which are helping the NVO business and I see it as positive growth and we will do better next year, he said

He said that the number of containers discharged and idled in the port during the COVID -19 outbreak, curfew and lockdown were running into thousands in number. And during this period, as requested by the authorities, the members of SLANA, despite difficult situations was able to convince their respective NVOCC Principals to secure demurrage waivers, discounts in demurrage charges, and increase the number of free days etc.

“We would also like to thank our Principals, who despite financial burdens responded positively in extending their helping hand to our importers during this difficult period,” he said.

SLANA was invited to the Special Committee formed by the Minister of Ports & Shipping and chaired by Gen.

Daya Ratnayake, Chairman Sri Lanka Ports Authority to streamline the container shipping operations in Sri Lanka during the pandemic period. The Special Committee together with Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Customs, SLPA, CICT, SAGT, CASA, SLAVO, CEYFFA, SLAFFA, ACFA, ACT & ACDO and SLANA discussed some of the key matters at these meetings, steps and measures required for efficient clearance of the backlog of import containers at the port, auction process of abandoned and detained cargo, port rent and liner demurrage refund, claims by consignees, managing of LCL cargo warehouse space, monitoring of empty containers being returned to the designated depot without delays or unauthorized use by the consignee and also, the use of Electronic Delivery Order (EDO).

“Our Association extended its fullest cooperation to Sri Lanka Ports Authority and Sri Lanka Customs who jointly did a commendable job in expediting container cargo clearance overcoming several obstacles.

I am pleased to announce that SLANA has now been recognized as a key representative body in the shipping industry,” he said.

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