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* Ships at Sri Lankan Ports exempted from demurrage & entry charges
Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 09:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 27, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to immediately provide necessary facilities to ships calling at Ports in the country during the curfew period.

Accordingly, the Chairman of SLPA General Daya Ratnayake said all ships have been exempted from demurrage and entry charges.

The President had also directed to offer several more reliefs in order to continue regular operations at Ports.

Steps are being taken to provide concessions to the relevant business community at the port premises itself to ensure uninterrupted import and export activities.

Measures will be taken to grant required facilities to the business community at Port premises itself to ensure uninterrupted import and export mechanism.

Sri Lanka Customs, SLPA terminals operated within the Colombo Port (JCT/UCT and SAGT) and other privately owned terminals will collaborate in this effort.

SLPA Chairman General Daya Ratnayake said that steps have been taken to provide facilities covering every segment.

  • During the curfew period, yard and warehouse rental charges for imported containers and goods and imported empty containers have been completely removed.
  • Harbor gate access permits / individual access permits currently available for trucks, lorries, tippers and bowsers used by the Port for its transportation purposes and harbor gate access permits currently available to agencies and companies for their common / private vehicles (vans, cars, motorcycles) are also valid during the curfew period.
  • The Sri Lanka Police has taken steps to issue licenses for private sector workers engaged in essential and related duties on the recommendation of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.
  • Facilities have been arranged to obtain fuel needed for the container/freight carriers operating between the terminals and inter terminals at the port.
  • Steps have been taken to provide provided sanitation, welfare and transportation facilities to all the employees of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

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