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Officers attached to the Customs Central Investigation Bureau today seized a container with 15,200 litres of Ethanol worth Rs.20 million, Customs Director General Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Vijitha Ravipriya said.

He said the container was brought to the Colombo Port by declaring to Customs as Industrial Chemical.

The container reached the country on August 9 last year from Singapore. The consignment arrived under the name of a company owned by a businessman who did not engage in business since 2016.

"The customs officials sent letters to the company that imported the cargo, informing them to take steps to clear the container from port. But no one  responded.

 Subsequently the customs officers decided to open and inspect the container," the DG said.

"After opening the container, the officers found 76 barrels of Ethanol each contains 200 litres. The Container was declared as it contains 12,220 kg of Industrial Chemical," Mr Ravipriya said.

If this consignment was removed from the port and utilized to distill alcholic liquor, the total  revenue as tax due to the government  and non-declaration of excise duty would have been Rs. 60 million, he said 

The import of ethanol to Sri Lanka has been prohibited under the Import and Export Control Act as a public policy as well as under the Excise Act, he said. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and T.K.G. Kapila)

  Comments - 3

  • vince Monday, 08 March 2021 11:15 PM

    which politico will be crying and gunning for the customs chief? Love to know. Could be that wan.... from Negombo.

    Ismath Tuesday, 09 March 2021 12:31 PM

    Jhonny Jhonny...

    mike fernando Tuesday, 09 March 2021 06:40 PM

    Surely the authorities can catch ALL these culprits who import these drugs, IF THEY RELLY WANNA, but won't as many top govt folks are involved, as usual.

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