Government has taken a policy decision to enact a new Customs Act in place of the existing customs ordinance of No 17 of 1869 as amended to suit the present day requirements in international trade activities and there by this new Law will be presented to the Parliament.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM) chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has granted approval for this enactment of the proposed new Customs Act through the decision No. 25/05/2016/05.
Accordingly this new Customs Act shall come into force on such date determined by the Minister and announced by a notification in the Government Gazette.
Sri Lanka is a transshipment hub, and we should facilitate transshipment and multi country consolidation. 75% of the cargo handled in Colombo is transshipment cargo.
There is huge investment that is coming up in terms of terminal, development, so we the authorities need to facilitate the cargo movement and the multi country and the hubbing concept for the cargo in Sri Lanka.
Even through the electronic manifestation has been done, there are certain issues, because the shipping agents are being malifaced, the traders are being malifaced, several shippers said adding that the system seems to be having a problem in accommodating all at the same time. Once the forwarders submit a maliface the shipping agents cannot submit a maliface he added.