Sri Lanka gives concessions for flood relief imports
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s finance ministry said a range of items imported for flood relief, like medicine, life jackets, water filters and boat engines, will be given concessions to ensure their speedy release.
“These concessions will be given only for the imports made by UN agencies, diplomatic missions, international NGOs and individuals involved in relief work in the flood and landslide victims’ areas,” a statement said.
This was to ensure that these items are used only in flood relief assistance programs and were for the affected victims, it said.
“All relief items, other than medical equipment and medicines, will be released on the recommendation of the Secretary Ministry of Disaster Management,” the finance ministry said.
“Those items should be handed over to the Ministry of Disaster Management or to any other relevant government authorities recommended by that Ministry for the use and distribution among intended beneficiaries.”
Medical equipment and medicine will be released on the recommendation of the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, and should be handed over to the Ministry of Health.
The finance ministry said the concessions will be allowed only up to June 30, 2016, and all consignments are required to comply with regulatory and security clearances.
Any items cleared under these concessions should not be sold, hired, leased, disposed or used for any other purposes, it said.
List of the items follows:
1 Folding Mattress
2 Generators (5 K V A/ 20 K V A) (220V/240 V)
3 Emergency Lights
4 Life Jackets
5 Mobile Toilets
7 Tents, Roofing Sheets and Materials, Pre- fabricated houses (Other than building material produced locally)/ Plastic Sheets
8 Toilet Cleaning Tablets
9 Water Filters
10 Water Purification Tablets / Powder
11 Out Board Motors (25.40 hp.)
13 Kitchen Sets
16 Gum Boots
17 Rain Coats
18 Water Motors /Pumps
19 Medical Supplies
21 Mobile Water Purification Plants
22 Mini Mobile Hospitals
23 Insecticides for fly control as Solfax
24 Sleeping Pads
25 Water Tank (Polyethylene and other)
26 Electrical Cable
27 Electric Plug
28 Milk Powder, Infant Milk and Infant Food
29 Instant Dry Foods
30 Sanitary Napkins
31 Nebulizer Machines
32 Blood Pressure Meters
33 Clinical Thermometers
34 Other Essential Food Items Specially Required for Disaster Affected Victims
(COLOMBO, May 23, 2016)