Sri Lanka Customs has made intermediate arrangements to expedite the clearance of all essential goods preventing any shortage for the benefit of consumers during the corona virus curfew period, Customs Department announced.
The order of the day is to implement a proper system to make essential commodities available for the people confined to houses in all areas of the Western Province not only in Colombo and suburbs but to every one at reasonable prices, civil society activists urged.
The government should take immediate action to prevent people from waiting in log ques under sultry heat and tension near super markets, groceries, Sathosa retail outlets for panic buying, they emphasised.
Sri Lanka Customs is now clearing all the goods falling with the HS Chapter 1 to 40 items including Meat, Fish , Dairy produce, eggs, natural honey. Cereals, Products of the milling industry; Preparations of meat, of fish Sugars and sugar confectionery Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastry cooks' products Pharmaceutical products and Fertilizers etc.
Items intended to be used for essential services or manufacturing of essential goods, goods imported under TIEP Scheme and Bulk Cargo shall also be facilitated subject to the approval of DC/DDC (Imports Declaration).
The facilitation of Export processes shall be continued without any interruption Customs Department said.
Customs Department provides services to the importers, exporters and other agencies under the prevailing situation of the country due to Covid -19 pandemic.
Both sea cargo and air cargo processes are being continued despite indefinite curfew in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts, SLCustoms Department announced.
However these arrangements are made subject to health and safety measures notified by the government, especially to minimize the human gathering thus preventing the spread of this deadly decease.
Therefore, the Director General of Customs requests all the persons visiting the Customs premises to strictly follow the health and safety measures notified by the government.
Clearance of Imported Essential Goods the arrangements have been made to facilitate the clearance of imported essential goods.
Food items, perishable goods, medicines, medical devices and related items and bulk cargo such as gas, petroleum, fertilizers, cement etc., and any raw material or commodity intended for the production of essential goods shall also be cleared during this period.