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Sri Lanka importers, exporters urged to change work hours

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s import and export trade has been urged to change their work hours to make use of the new round-the-clock Customs facility.

"If this is to be successful all of us have to change gears," declared Dinesh De Silva, Chairman of the Import Section of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

"This facility gives us flexibility and will help us improve our ease of doing business ranking."

Companies will have to shift their work patterns and plan operations differently to suit the available hours of operation of Customs, he told a forum on the ‘24X7’ Customs operation.

"The move to operate the Customs around the clock will help ease and speed up the import and export documentation clearing process," De Silva said.

"By avoiding peak hours the trade benefits through time and cost savings."

It will reduce clearance and documentation delays and also traffic congestion, he said.

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