Commercial Bank, Sampath Bank offer real-time Customs payments

July 25, 2017 (LBO) – Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC and Sampath Bank PLC together have announced the introduction of real-time, online payments to Sri Lanka Customs through their respective online banking platforms.

The announcement follows Sri Lanka Customs’ notable implementation of an online payment platform for Customs payments in partnership with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Commercial Bank will be offering this service to its corporate and personal customers who have enrolled for COMBANK Online Banking. Sampath Bank will be providing this to Sampath Vishwa online banking customers.

Given their broad customer base, this move effectively connects the Customs’ online payment platform to a significant portion of individuals and businesses involved in imports and exports in the country, a statement said.

Furthermore, anyone can make payments, manually, to the Customs at all 229 Sampath Bank branches around the island, including the 10 Super Branches open on all days.

“Sri Lanka Customs’ launch of an online payment platform comes at a time when the country is seeking to trade more actively with the rest of the world. Doing away with the inconveniences they faced earlier, customers will now have a more convenient and secure means of making payments to the Customs,” said Pradeep Banduwansa, Head of Digital Banking, Commercial Bank.

““With this, we have become the only private commercial bank in the country to accommodate online, real time payments to both Sri Lanka Customs and Sri Lanka Ports Authority,” said Rajendra Ranasinghe, Assistant General Manager – IT Business Development, Sampath Bank.

Powered by LankaClear’s LankaPay Online Payment Platform, payments made through these channels will be credited to Sri Lanka Customs’ bank accounts on a real-time and 24 X 7 basis using the LankaPay Common Electronic Fund Transfer Switch (CEFTS).