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In a shocking revelation, Sri Lanka Customs said it had unearthed a massive scam of evading millions of rupees as taxes by two BOI Approved companies in the textile industry that had imported over 300 containers during the last few years without paying duty.


A senior Customs official said that the investigation had been conducted for the past few weeks where the detectives have found that the perpetrators had imported various types of fabrics and garments as raw material to manufacture their end product.


The two BOI approved companies are based in Kurunegala and the Customs had learnt that they have never exported the manufactured goods back to the respective destinations but had sold within the country.


The estimated amount of taxes and the loss of revenue to the government because of this violation of BOI regulations, was yet to be ascertained, officials said.  


The case, which had been investigated for sometime in discreet, was ordered to be exposed to the media on a directive made by the Customs Director General Jagath P Wijeweera due to the magnitude of the scam. (Kevin Kariyawasam)
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  • sri Monday, 02 February 2015 04:20 PM

    Taking bribes !

    CEDRIC Monday, 02 February 2015 06:49 PM

    Customs Boss was paid off Millions of Rupees by these B.O.I. buggersHow come for 5 years the Customs Bastards did nothing about this scam;Now when the Rajapaksa Criminal Gang has been Kicked out by thePeople Power, very conveniently the Customs Boss says he has unearthed this Massive Scam. This Customs Bastard, must be taking the U.N.P Ministers to be China Men with the Hair Tied in Pony Tail ( Konday BatherpuChina )This Customs Bastard should be Arrested along with the B.O.I. Company buggers

    R.Pradeep Monday, 02 February 2015 02:31 PM

    Imagine how much the customs officers earned out of the 300 containers

    Hubert SilvaBpulle Monday, 02 February 2015 02:32 PM

    When I came home for holidays from UAE I brought some bathroom materials, and I had to pay tax. Ben

    Coranalias Monday, 02 February 2015 09:57 AM

    It is the customs officials that need to be investigated. There is no way containerized cargo can be cleared evading duty.Unless customs gave in to high power demands.

    Jamis Banda Sunday, 01 February 2015 03:20 PM

    WHO SHOULD TAKE THE BLAME? THE BOI APPROVED COMPANY FOR NOT PAYING DUE TAXES OR THE CUSTOM DEPT. FOR NOT DOING THEIR JOB AND RELEASING THE CONTAINERS???

    Senator Sunday, 01 February 2015 03:40 PM

    What was the customs officers doing for the last two years?


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