Customs introduces new door-to door service

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Sri Lanka Customs hopes to develop a new proactive, door-to-door delivery service attached to Customs Clearance Department as a means of reducing the high cost incurred by importers and easing their logistical problems, Customs Director General Jagath P. Wijeweera said.

This new door-to-door delivery service mainly focuses on delivering the goods that arrive at the port through a registered delivery service direct to the importer with minimum effort.

“We have invited several private companies to install goods scanners and to implement a system to monitor the action of the scanners at the Customs office or at the service provider or even from another location,” Mr. Wijeweera said.

He said the next step would be to set up a network and link up with the Immigration and Emigration Department to maintain a record of arrivals and the goods they bring into the country.

“With this facility in place it is going to be make customs clearance uncomplicated and easy. As a result the need to individually check and pass the goods entering the country will not exist in the future, thus saving time and money,” Mr. Wijeweera said and added that goods brought into the country without a passport would be cleared without taxes and goods which do not exceed Rs.15,000 would be excluded from taxes and released by Customs.

The Customs Department hopes that several companies will agree to install these scanners in the next few months. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 13

  • Freebird Thursday, 19 February 2015 02:42 PM

    when you deliver ask something via DM Android App

    G.M. Jayawardena Friday, 20 February 2015 08:40 AM

    This may face security risk for arms smuggling, and also there is a possibility to put the receiver on a obligation to offer bribes of any sort, sex, money and gifts.

    sg Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:19 AM

    Good decision.

    Lakshman De Silva Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:34 AM

    Sri Lankan customs was ands is one of the most corrupt institutions. I was a large importer of moror vehilces back as 1976, and I had to pay ransom to customs clearing groups through my warf clerk. I got a gift of a Baby cart from Japan for my baby son and the charged me 4000 Rs. customs duty as I was not prepared to pay bribe.

    Lakshman De Silva Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:37 AM

    Import of second hand motor cycles are restricted to three years old only. But Sri Lankans in Japan are shipping junk motorcycles from junk kyards water pressure washed, that are over 10 years . And the exporters get certifiucates from the corrupt Japn Chamber of commerce as three years. Also no registration certificates. Customs call for 1000 Rs, per bike to clear customs and is still the same

    ashroff Friday, 20 February 2015 09:52 AM

    Good thinking bur before anything pls cleanse the customs department as this is one of the worst corrupted institutions as told above too. Also this system would allow to collect the bribe on delivery which is very easy - custom officials may prefer this system

    ramola Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:39 PM

    The question is whether such a service will compromise the security of the country. It may be easier for criminals to bring in dangerous items to sri lanka this way.

    de silva Thursday, 19 February 2015 12:55 PM

    What is the hidden plan.Can we operate this system with corrupt officials.I doubt

    mailman Thursday, 19 February 2015 01:26 PM

    Majoriry of the so called bribes are not for the customs but what the wharf clerk pockets. via DM Android App

    Teja Thursday, 19 February 2015 01:41 PM

    Only organization where officers catch violations, conduct the inquiry, decide the penalty, and collect 50% as commission. What would be the situation if cops and judges started to do the same thing.

    Shiraz Thursday, 19 February 2015 05:00 PM

    Excellent move. A service to the nation. Hope measures will be put in place, so that criminals and corrupt officials cannot get away.

    JDS Thursday, 19 February 2015 05:00 PM

    Yeah, then directly banned stuffs too bribed and bring back to their doorsteps.

    Senator Thursday, 19 February 2015 02:21 PM

    More corruption in the offing.

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