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Utility vehicle import not suspended: Finance Min. Sec

14 March 2021 12:19 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government has not suspended the import of utility vehicle which contribute heavily to the country's development activities, but not the vehicles for personal use, Finance Ministry Secretary of S.R. Attygalle said.

Addressing the media he said the ban would be lifted as soon as the economic situation and inflow of US dollars become normalized when COVID-19 pandemic situation eases worldwide.

He said a discussion in detail was held with the main vehicle importers' associations. We explained the current situation that the country is facing. They also agreed with the Government's decision, he said.

"The vehicle importers requested to grant them a vehicle import licence and to introduce a quota system to obtain permission to import vehicles," he said.

For that, the importers have been advised to come up with a wholesome proposal to consider revoking the vehicle import ban to some extend, Mr. Attygalle said

The Government does not like to hold any imports. However, the import restrictions that were imposed last year are being gradually relaxed, while only the vehicle import restriction that exists at present, he added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 4

  • Peacemaker Sunday, 14 March 2021 01:45 PM

    So import vehicles only for rajapaksas, but ordinary people can’t import vehicles

    Fernando Sunday, 14 March 2021 03:52 PM

    Those who have arrived in Sri Lanka (after Covid pandemic) after serving in foreign countries for more than 20-30 years, have invested their earnings in the foreign branches of the local banks. Yet, they are unable to purchase a family vehicle for a reasonable price due to restrictions imposed by the government. The sad fact is government ministers are using Rs 20-30 million worth luxury vehicles thanks to tax payers hard earned money. Unfair as hell !

    samson Sunday, 14 March 2021 04:24 PM

    Vehicle imports is not a neccesity in the circumstances, please import pulses and dhal and other food items for us. These are not available in shops now.

    GGT Sunday, 14 March 2021 11:30 PM

    Ranil, Sajith

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