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Customs asked to speed up inquiries pending for long

SOC finds 1,200 containers uncleared for years

It has been revealed in the Parliament Sectoral Oversight Committee (SOC)  on National Economy and Physical Planning that 1,200 containers containing various goods have been detained at the port for several years due to judicial proceedings.

This was revealed when the committee met at the Parliament complex under the chairmanship of MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage to discuss the contribution that can be made by the Sri Lanka Customs to increase the government revenue. It has been revealed that most of these containers contain food products and it has also been revealed that 60 percent of the imported goods are brought outside through the Green Area section.

It has also been revealed that there is no inspection of these goods and commodities like sugar, fertilizer and rice are being brought in like this and cigarettes and alcohol are being brought hidden among these goods.

Also, the committee paid special attention to the lack of a specific deadline to complete the cases assigned by the Customs and committee chairman, Mahindananda Aluthgamage directed officials to discuss and prepare a procedure as soon as possible to avoid this problem.

The committee chairman said that information has been received that large frauds are taking place due to the non-submission of Airport Customs officers to inspections. Accordingly, the Customs officials said that they will issue an order allowing the Customs officials to be inspected aswell.

In the meantime, it was pointed out that Sri Lanka Customs has not been able to reach the expected income from the budget due to the suspension of vehicle importation and the restrictions imposed on the importation of goods, including vehicles.

 


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