Sri Lanka to regulate imports of taps, bath fittings

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is planning to bring regulations on water faucets and to improve quality, the government has said, though high import taxes in the country are encouraging the flow of low quality products including factory rejects.

The cabinet of ministers had approved proposal by the Minster of Urban Planning and Water Supply to develop a set of regulations are consulting state agencies and the public.

Sri Lanka’s National Water Supply and Drainage Board has identified that there are many ‘low quality’ bathroom fittings that result in leaks.

The new controls would be designed to benefit ‘domestic producers’ the proposal said.

Sri Lanka has high taxes on sanitaryware to protect politically powerful domestic producers and even squatting pans are taxed at high rates, amid complaints that many poor households do not have toilets.

Due to high taxes on metal faucets in particular, less affluent have started to use plastic taps.

The government is planning to bring regulations on plastic taps as well. (Colombo/Nov01/2019)