Customs seeking final decision on vehicles imported despite ban (Video)

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 - 23:18

The Sri Lanka Customs has inquired from the government about the final decision to be taken regarding the importation of nearly 400 vehicles despite the ban imposed on the importation of vehicles due to the Covid pandemic.

In a letter to the Ministry of Finance, Sri Lanka Customs has asked to inform the final decision on whether the vehicles will be confiscated.

The Customs Department stated in a letter that the vehicles had been imported after the government imposed a ban on imports after March 2020.

Accordingly, there are more than 300 luxury vehicles in the port area at present, stated Customs Spokesman Sudath de Silva.

Most of these vehicles in the Colombo Port are imported from Japan and Britain under the licensing system.

Earlier, the government had stated that it would confiscate all vehicles imported in violation of the ban and hand them over to government agencies.

However, due to the fact that no final decision has been taken regarding these vehicles, the value of these vehicles is declining day by day as they are being stranded in the port area, the Customs stated.

When inquired by the Hiru News team from the Department of Import and Export Control, a senior official stated that the final decision regarding these vehicles should be taken by the Ministry of Finance.

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