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The Custom Duty amounting to more than Rs.38 million on the scrap metal from the recently dismantled Jordanian-owned ship Farah-3 off the Mullaitivu coast have not been paid so far, Daily Mirror learns.

The Customs Department said it was not aware as to the identity of the buyer to whom the ship was sold.

The duties include CESS, National Building Tax and the Port and Airport Authority Development levy which adds up to Rs.19.20 a Kilo of scrap metal.
Sources said the Customs Jaffna Branch had sent repeated written requests to the head office in Colombo to take action and compel the owner to pay the duty but to no avail.

According to the gazette published by the Sri Lanka Army, tenders were closed on July 30, 2013 for the “sale of the merchant vessel for scrap”.

The description provided by the Army states that the ship is “140 metres in length, 20 metres wide at the centre and weighing some 2000 metric tonnes.
Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini confirmed that the buyer had not paid the duty on the scrap metal.

“We have not received it yet but the process is ongoing that is all I can say” he told Daily Mirror.

Mr. Gamini said the buyer was obliged to pay Customs Duty.

“The ship is not a Sri Lankan ship and therefore it falls under the category of imported goods when dismantling it for commercial purposes,” he said.

Daily Mirror learns that its four months since the dismantling of the ship, the period for negotiations and subsequent payment has elapsed.

The ship which was first taken into custody by the LTTE was later used by the military before it was transformed into a ‘sightseeing’ wreck for tourists visiting the war zone. (Hafeel Farisz)
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  • Mohamed Tuesday, 26 November 2013 04:38 PM

    What the hell, you can't even do a business on scrap metal? even scrap metal kilo doesn't amount to 19 rupee but the taxes amounts to that much, people should understand how rediculous is this regime's tax structure...

    Sonali De Silva Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:27 AM

    So it was a phantom buyer. The customs look like a bunch of morons when they give these stupid reasons to the public. Its better if they said "no comment". So now will the officers in the Jaffna branch be "transferred" because they "were not carrying out their duties in a satisfactory manner "?

    jayasingha Wednesday, 27 November 2013 02:37 AM

    Somebody has allowed non payment of customs duty and would have got a cut.

    Sadal Wednesday, 27 November 2013 01:34 AM

    Dont worry it can writtten off and cabinet approval obtaied

    Mohan Bandara Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:47 AM

    Tell who is the buyer without running around the bush !

    Truth Wednesday, 27 November 2013 04:47 AM

    who is the buyer?

    Roy Tuesday, 26 November 2013 04:27 PM

    What is happening in MR's MOTHER LANKA..

    WAR HEROS are crying in MOTHER LANKA

    srinath.gunaratne Tuesday, 26 November 2013 04:32 PM

    I heard some times back they stole a disused railway bridge in Ratnapura, Must be the same guys.


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