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The regulations under the Import and Export Control Act will be submitted for parliament approval in due course after Cabinet nod for the same was given this week.

Approval for the gazette issued in September will be sought to pave the way for migrant workers to import electrical vehicles. The allowance is made by the government as a means to encourage Sri Lankans working overseas to remit foreign earnings via legal and formal channels into the country.

The gazetted Import and Export Control Regulations came under criticism when it was published recently with several expatriate workers raising concerns about the legalities of the importation of electric vehicles.

During the Cabinet briefing yesterday, Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said a decision was made to present the gazette to parliament for approval so that concerns regarding the same, as expressed by expatriate workers, can be addressed.

A decision was made by the government in August to allow Sri Lankans working abroad to import electric vehicles under a freshly launched scheme.

Those who have remitted US$ 20,000 or more between 1 May 2022 and 31 December 2022 will be able to obtain a permit to import an electric car. Those who remit US$ 3,000 or more between 1 May 2021 and 1 May 2022 will be allowed to import an electric two-wheeler.

  Comments - 11

  • Jude Wednesday, 12 October 2022 08:35 AM

    Overseas workers sending remittance to SL and most Rich importing stuff without earning a single dollar!!

    Sokrates Wednesday, 12 October 2022 10:39 AM

    Every Sri Lankan who is working overseas and remits his hard-earned foreign earnings via legal and formal channels into the country must be insane. As long as the criminal Rajapaksa mafia family is in power through their puppet Ranil, every dollar will disappear to the Virgin Islands or anywhere else .

    fact Wednesday, 12 October 2022 12:25 PM

    They were giving vehicle permits to henchmen in government and doctors leaving others when they contribute nothing but fill their pockets and earn enough to pay fully with tax and buy vehicles . governments never considered foreign workers but now they realize the importance

    Zulfikar Wednesday, 12 October 2022 01:00 PM

    Are there any benefits for the foreigners who works for foreign companies and bringing USD and GBP into Sri Lanka through proper channels- banks, that will encourage them to bring more.

    Gehan Wednesday, 12 October 2022 01:34 PM

    Completely ridiculous idea. There's a 2-3 year wait for new electric cars due to a shortage of rare earth metals and chips. Another scam to grab the dollars from expat workers!

    prasana Wednesday, 12 October 2022 04:27 PM

    All the sale owners will now import the electric vehicles under the guise of migrant workers. By end of 2023 there will be 100s of non road worthy electric vehicles on each of the sales !!!! Guess what our dump fools will be making all the pamporiya saying we got USD Hahaha... this country will never ever go beyond the low income status!!!! Period !!!!

    Lanka Wednesday, 12 October 2022 06:39 PM

    This is ridiculous! Stop wasting energy and start productivity. Stop importing and start exporting. Only way to get back on our feet. Country is dragged down the drains and enough already!!!!!

    GHT Wednesday, 12 October 2022 10:35 PM

    Before allowing immigrant to import vehicles, bar the vehicles imported by the MPs and Ministers sans any gazette notification and that process ruins the economy further bad to worse manner.

    Sambo Thursday, 13 October 2022 07:52 AM

    These laws are all for the poor only while the rich continue to steal and become more rich. We don't have people with a vision in this country.

    Terrence Thursday, 13 October 2022 08:47 AM

    Once again it will be queues to charge the necessary electrical energy for the vehicles. What I can't understand is with the outages of electricity on a daily basis and the public in the dark and no solution for increasing the power supply the govt is mixing up its priorities ?

    Jehan Thursday, 13 October 2022 09:36 AM

    What electrical vehicle for usd 10000, a chineese crap. Then use the swap, why do u need our usd.

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