Mar 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs has made arrangements to provide services to the importers, exporters and other agencies under the prevailing situation of the country due to COVID 19 pandemic, the agency said.
Sri Lanka Customs stated that these arrangements are applicable for both sea cargo and air cargo processes.
“However, please note that these arrangements are made subject to health and safety measures notified by the government, especially to minimize the human gathering thus preventing the spread of this deadly decease. Therefore, the Director-General of Customs requests all the persons visiting the Customs premises to strictly follow the health and safety measures notified by the government.” Customs statement said.
Clearance of Imported Essential Goods
The arrangements have been made to facilitate the clearance of imported essential goods
such as food items, perishable goods, medicines, medical devices and related items. Further,
bulk cargo such as gas, petroleum, fertilizers, cement etc., and any raw material or commodity
intended for the production of essential goods shall also be cleared during this period.
Clearance of rest of the imported commodities will be decided in due course after monitoring
the pandemic situation of the country.
Clearance of Urgent Exports
The arrangements have been made to facilitate the clearance of urgent exports. However, a
limited number of exports will be facilitated per day to prevent unnecessary overcrowdings.
Therefore, the exporters are requested to make prior arrangements with the Customs staff
at the Exports Facilitation Centre or Air Cargo Village before bringing in the goods to the
Clearance of Unaccompanied Passenger Baggage
The clearance of all unaccompanied passenger baggage (UPB) is suspended until further
The arrangements have been made to facilitate all the other services such as submission of
cargo manifests, renewal of TIN registrations and new TIN registrations related to the
clearance of imported essential goods and urgent exports. Therefore, all the related agencies
are requested to make prior arrangements with the Customs staff at the relevant working
points before visiting the same.