EconomyNext – Sri Lanka’s Customs service will work round-the-clock in future, helping improve the efficiency of the island’s trade, and container scanning will be mandatory, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said Thursday.
"In an endeavor to improve the service offered to the people, Sri Lanka Customs will extend their services on a round-the-clock basis," he said while presenting the government’s interim budget in parliament.
He said a special thanks was owed to the service for the "forthright manner in which Customs officials had stood up against political intimidation and undue political influence during the rule of the past regime."
Karunanayake also said scanning equipment will be acquired for the Customs and checks on containers made mandatory from 1st September 2015.
"In the recent past, high slippage of ethanol, drugs and other high valued items had
Prevailed," he noted.
"Hence, it has been decided that sophisticated scanning mechanisms will be placed at all entry points of Sri Lanka Customs. The scanning of containers will be mandatory."
The government expects to earn an additional income of around 50 billion rupees from this measure.