Remove uncleared goods at Port warehouses within two months – Ports Minister
Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva instructed the Customs and Port officials at a discussion held at the Ministry to clear the goods that have not been cleared from the Port Warehouses for almost 10 years due to various customs laws and regulations, within two months.
The Minister who went on a recent inspection tour of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority’s warehouse premises was informed by Port officials about the goods that had not been cleared.
The Minister had also observed 108 containers at the warehouse premises that had not been cleared resulting in the Sri Lanka Port Authority losing a lot of money in terms of warehouse fees and ground rent.
Accordingly, the Minister held a special discussion with the relevant parties including the Sri Lanka Customs and Ports Authority where it was decided that the clearance of these goods should be completed within two months. A Committee consisting of officials from the Customs Department and the Sri Lanka Port Authority was also appointed for this purpose.
Customs officials also pointed out that there are a number of cases pending regarding certain goods and due to these cases, it was not possible to make a decision regarding the relevant goods. Accordingly, the Minister called for a report on such delayed proceedings and sought a quick solution.
He said that he will seek permission to auction and sell the items.Minister of State for Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Director General of Customs Sarath Nonis and Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Keith Bernard were also present.