‘Green Channel’ to reduce Customs clearance procedure

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The Customs Department has introduced a new import declaration procedure to expedite the clearance of import cargo, Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini said today.

The new procedure will require importers to bring their documents to a single clearance officer after certify them in their office.  The new procedure will reduce the turn-around time by some six hours.

“The new procedure called the ‘Green Channel’ system was tested with the help of three importers for the first time today. Gradually the number of importers accessing this new procedure will be increased,” Mr. Gamini said.

He said this procedure was in use at the long room of the importers division of the sea cargo clearance section in the Customs head office. (Chaturanga Pradeep - DM Online)
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  • John Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:24 PM

    This is the critical moment to rigidly control even at the expense of delays etc, but NOT to actually 'relax' entry??????

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 19 September 2013 03:06 AM

    Customs Department is doing some good job, really appreciable.

    Kim Duck Joo Wednesday, 18 September 2013 12:53 PM

    Customs officers are 99% horu......anyone knows it.

    C.K.Lankaputhra Wednesday, 18 September 2013 02:00 PM

    All these new laws and procedures are not for the betterment of the general public but for people who are loyal to ruling class.

    Nihal Wednesday, 18 September 2013 04:46 PM

    Sri Lanka will be saturated soon with Heroin, Ethyl Alcohole, weapons, drugs used for abortion etc. hence, prices come down on these items and people benefitted. what a wise decision of learned officers. Further, people know the importers also

    rajiv Wednesday, 18 September 2013 06:29 PM

    They bring in laws and then change it within 24 Hrs. Each cargo has to through Red Channel and each time it goes they get 4K to SLC. Even if the item does not hv any duty that needs to be inspected by Red Channel. What a way to earn.

    Each day they create new Tariff structure with new HS Codes for items that did not hv VAT are now brought under VAT.

    With all these how can they have Green Channel ?

    Road runner Wednesday, 18 September 2013 07:44 PM

    99.99999999999%

    OMG Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:06 AM

    Every new rule or procedure opens the way for more fraud

    shanthapriya Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:35 AM

    bedagena kapu eka wenuwata den thaniyen kanna puluwan

    LRS Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:50 AM

    oh.. what will happen to the revenue of other officers then?

    surain lal Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:59 AM

    very good thats the way to open the door for all farudsters to go scoch free

    Ranjith M Gunawarden Thursday, 19 September 2013 02:12 AM

    Move looks good, but the reality is they with help of the so called clearing people make more complex to importers. Genuine people suffers and people who used to it knows the ways and means of doing things in Sri Lanka customs.

    Manik Wednesday, 18 September 2013 11:39 AM

    This was a much needed clearance procedure to reduce clearance times and improve trade. Usually only companies with a good history can use the green channel. Don't think it'll open up avenues for more fraud, rather it'll reduce red tape for companies who have a proven track record. However, key will be to use it with discipline.


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