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Vehicle clearance from Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port slow

E-DOCS: Hambantota Inernational Ports says it is moving towards electronic document clearing to speed up activities during a Coronavirus crisis.

ECONOMYNEXT – Vehicle clearance from Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port, was still slow with only about 200 vehicles being cleared despite concessions given and over 5000 vehicles were still in the port.

HIPG had place health rules for wharf clerks and also provided online payment support.

Tissa Wickremasinghe chief operating office of Hambantota International Port Group said only 203 vehicles were cleared on Monday and port dues were paid for about 425 chasis.

Hambantota port had set up health rules to protect wharf clerks and others from Coronavirus. Instructions were also given not to interact with villages nearby.


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Sri Lanka Western Province is where many car sales outlets are in the so-called red zone and there were no Coroanvirus cases in most other districts, where curfews were relaxed.

But Sri Lanka re-imposed curfews island-wide till April 04, after dozens of Navy personnel fanned out around the country during Coronavirus hitching rides on trucks taking essential goods while there was ban on inter-district travel. (SB-Colombo/May01/2020)

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