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Sri Lanka exempts ships from entry fees, demurrage, shippers from warehouse rents

TRADE DISRUPTION: Sri Lanka’s export industries which saw supply chains hit by Coronavirus are now facing weaker demand in Europe.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has exempted ships calling at ports from entry charges and demurrage during a Coronavirus curfew, while shippers have been relieved from warehousing rents and fees for container storage, the President’s office said.

The President’s office quoted Sri Lanka Ports Authority Chairman Daya Rathnayake as saying that ships have been exempted from entry fees.

“Measures will be taken to grant required facilities to the business community at Port premises itself to ensure uninterrupted import and export mechanism,” the President’s office said

“Sri Lanka Customs, SLPA terminals operated within the Colombo Port (JCT/UCT and SAGT) and other privately owned terminals will collaborate in this effort.”

01. Harbor gate access permits / individual access permits currently available for trucks, lorries, tippers and bowsers used by the Port for its transportation purposes and harbor gate access permits currently available to agencies and companies for their common / private vehicles (vans, cars, motorcycles) are also valid during the curfew period.

02. The Sri Lanka Police has taken steps to issue licenses for private sector workers engaged in essential and related duties on the recommendation of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

03. Facilities have been arranged to obtain fuel needed for the container / freight carriers operating between the terminals and inter terminals at the port.

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