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Sri Lanka to claim damages for waste containers shipped from the UK – Government

Containers stored in a yard.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is making a claim of LKR 1.6bn from those responsible for shipping 263 containers of waste from the United Kingdom without proper clearance two years ago, the government said yesterday.

The claim is being made through the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the Ministry of Environment said. A formal complaint has been registered.

The total damage caused is estimated at LKR1,694,274,751 the Ministry said.

Asked for further details, officials said it was still unclear whether the claim would be made from the UK government or the company responsible for shipping the waste.

In a Press Release, the Ministry of Environment said 130 of the containers were lying at a yard in the Katunayake Free Trade Area and 133 in the Colombo Port.

Of the containers in the harbour, officials had inspected 21 containers and re-exported them to the UK on September 27. The examination of the remaining containers is on-going the statement added, they will also be returned to the UK, it added. (Colombo, October 7, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana