Vehicle imports from H’tota

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All vessels carrying motor vehicles will be diverted to Hambantota Port for unloading from May 31, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority said.The SLPA added that they have taken this initiative in consultation with shipping lines and motor vehicle importers.

“Vehicle parking yards in the Port have become congested due to the large influx of imports in spite of the SLPA releasing many underutilized areas for vehicle parking” added a statement issued by the SLPA.

Port Authority also says that in addition to the above problems, vehicle importers are failing to clear their vehicles expeditiously from the Port thus causing inconvenience for the efficient functioning of the port.

“Due to the non availability of berthing facilities at the Colombo Port, vessels experience delays of more than ten days and as a result freight rates have been increased by the lines which in turn add to the cost of the selling price of a vehicle in the local market” further added the official statement.
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  • Ronny Tuesday, 03 April 2012 07:11 PM

    I think we should it HOMBEN THOTA!

    ElavaluSambol Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:00 PM

    Ah, yamu, yamu. Ehema emuko.

    Shane Tuesday, 03 April 2012 11:53 AM

    is this the way to development??

    Sam Wednesday, 04 April 2012 06:09 AM

    me too................

    Noor Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:39 PM

    Hi any body can tell me how much a perch land in Hambantota, i am planing to move there, Hambantota going to be future capital of the country.

    jayantha Wednesday, 04 April 2012 06:26 AM

    ur kidding right

    RajasH Tuesday, 03 April 2012 08:54 PM

    they will drive the cars one by one

    banda Wednesday, 04 April 2012 01:06 AM

    Foreigners arriving in Hambugtota aport no visa reqd.

    lankan Wednesday, 04 April 2012 07:49 AM

    I think Hanbantota will be capital of srilanka very soon..!!!
    ""Ohoma Yang"".......................///

    ajith Tuesday, 03 April 2012 12:42 PM

    The comments says it all....
    The common mass is not Happy with MR

    Lanka Wednesday, 04 April 2012 03:44 PM

    Very good move by the Government. Our country needs distributed development and there should be another good port be built in Jaffna too. Colombo has grown to its maximum level and Colombo is no longer afford any develpment. All the best!

    RM Wednesday, 04 April 2012 04:45 PM

    Recall the quote "If you build it they will come", but this is more like "If you build it they will be forced to come". How inefficient to add additional transportation cost to bring them back to the western province where the heavy need for the vehicles? Hopefully this is a temporary measure.

    ElavaluSambol Wednesday, 04 April 2012 08:13 AM

    I have to tickle myself to laugh. What is the logic behind your "joke" ?

    Nuwaraeliye kamal Tuesday, 03 April 2012 02:11 PM

    May be no other goods to unload other than vehicles, I am pretty sure.

    Anil Tuesday, 03 April 2012 02:16 PM

    H'tota is to be a duty free port. Then will vehicles be imported free of duty ?

    ajith Tuesday, 03 April 2012 02:24 PM

    Who will pay the trucking cost from Hambotota to Colombo?

    Raj Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:25 AM

    Duty Free?

    Titasnic Wednesday, 04 April 2012 02:46 AM

    After one year ,will see no import vehicles will turn again to colombo port. This government is no different to SOMALIYA PIRATES, even after opening L .C HAVE TO PAY NEW DUTY. WE ARE NOT GOIING TO INVEST IN ANY BUSINESS HEAR

    FTZ Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:26 AM

    This is a joke

    Hema Ruhunuhewa Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:27 AM

    Jayawewa !

    dava Tuesday, 03 April 2012 02:50 PM

    Why not ask Hambantota to be an independent state?
    It is not the North should be....?

    shantha madawela Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:29 AM

    That's why Govt. first built the down south high way, to bring these vehicles to colomb....

    manjula Tuesday, 03 April 2012 02:24 PM

    this is the real question Ajith

    Weha Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:19 AM

    First they couldn't get anyone to go there voluntarily now they are forcing them to do so. Way to go

    Sandun Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:20 AM

    Den nam hondatama Pissu

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:06 AM

    The next would be to force those who leave the country to use only Hambanthota Airport ? When there is no demand for such facilities, the only way is to use force. What a Miracle of Asis!

    CYMA Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:37 AM

    H'tota is a different country?

    Wasantha Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:42 AM

    If this is going to Implement I wonder whether the Infrastructure facilities like accomodation to Customs Officials,Wharf clearks ,Bunkering facilities to vessels is in order !!!!!!!
    If those things are in order then some consolation.

    joker Wednesday, 04 April 2012 03:06 AM

    good one Ronney!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:56 AM

    no vehicles will import any more with this much tax

    Sri Lanakn Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:14 AM

    It was expected,....... Even the airport will be also same.... this is unfair.................

    Ajantha Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:03 AM

    I made a big mistake in 2010. It will not be repeated in 2016.

    willows Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:19 AM

    what about VISA's ???

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:19 AM

    Very true Sandun, 'pissu' at its best. On second thought, are we the 'pissos'?

    slguy Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:22 AM

    may be they want to unload some 'special' vehicles 'unnoticed' to other people/ general public?

    HENCHMAN Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:54 AM

    Very good move & wise decion to develop the port & its operations..

    Kalana Wednesday, 04 April 2012 04:10 AM

    If Airport comes to that area, then sorry. Give more votes next time as well to them in order to their devolopment.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:13 AM

    The beginning of the end of people's rights to do as they choose.

    udu Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:58 AM

    No port tax

    Fayad Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:13 AM

    Commercial city H'tota ???

    Toyota Wednesday, 04 April 2012 04:04 AM

    Hambantota close to countries in the east , japan, korea, malaysia. etc.

    Ships do not have to travel the extra mile to west (Colombo).

    (Fuel) Savings to the shipping co. -> less shipment cost -> less duty -> less cost to citizens.

    The Tax Hike is compensated!

    Nodrog Wednesday, 04 April 2012 10:42 AM

    Politician's cars are air-freighted to katunayake at great costs but common man's car is sent to Hambantota.

    Kumana Kurulla Wednesday, 04 April 2012 04:38 AM

    I came to know that the EIA (Env. Impact Analysis) for Mattala was done during the off-season of Kumana Bird's season. If somebody knows the truth value of this, please correct me.
    If true, can we use this only during off-season?

    Nodrog Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:36 AM

    This port was supposed to be a transhipment / re-fuelling port. Because of its pre-mature opening it still cannot accomodate large ships and smaller ships have to navigate carefully to enter the port. Hence shipping companies are by-passing it. So next solution is to force people to use it to overcome the bungling of the culprits responsible for this fiasco.

    RajasH Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:40 AM

    but they have increased the duty on cars. So they are not expecting any imports?

    Minister Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:23 AM

    All motor vehicle importers will have to open their showrooms in H'tota, and all those who wish to purchase vehicles can go there.

    Criclover Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:32 AM

    Don't worry. No more vehicle imports due to high tax.

    Yehiya Wednesday, 04 April 2012 11:12 AM

    Colombo port capacity more than 40% not utilise. Very funny administration. Its good to tell show the vessels to Hambantota

    Visman Wednesday, 04 April 2012 04:50 AM

    lol never thought of this, still it is more expensive than colombo unloading.

    lanka Wednesday, 04 April 2012 05:07 AM

    reason to tax hike was to manage and use fuel efficiently. as too many vehicles... so by sending all the cars to hambantota and getting back all to colombo isnt it going to cause more fuel and transport and ++ other cots... where is planning and reasoning for all these ... non of these make sense ... if you + and - and see..


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