Jul 26, 2019

Mangala's answer to Dhammika's garbage issue Featured

Preliminary investigations by the Customs Department have revealed that 241 containers of waste have been shipped to Sri Lanka from 27 September 2017 to 2 March 2018, Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera said in Parliament.

Out of them, 111 containers are in the port of Colombo and  as we first revealed  the importers of them are ETL Colombo (Pvt) Ltd ,while the notifying party is Ceylon Metal Processing (Pvt) Ltd.

It is said that 130 containers have been released by the Hayleys Free Zone.

According to information received by the Director General of Customs on May 21, it was identified that 65 unreleased containers of waste are being kept in the CICT yard and the Customs Director General had ordered the officers of the Social Security Division of the Customs to inspect them.The inspections have been carried out with the participation of the importer  Sasikumaran Muthuramar ,shipping agent ETL Colombo (Pvt) Ltd and Central Environmental Authority (CEA) officials.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said lawyers have been asked to find out whether criminal charges can be filed against importing foreign waste.

The Minister said that although it is common law to impose a fine of three times the value of these, such a fine is not sufficient for the crime.

The Minister also stated that a court order has been made to keep the garbage stocks at Hayleys intact.