August 10 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Tea Board has successfully completed the pilot run of an automated export document processing system that can speed up operations and has invited all exporters to get online. The system, designed and implemented by eServices Lanka, allows tea exporters to submit export documents for approval electronically without having to visit the Tea Board.
Exporters have a pay a fee of 250 rupees per transaction.
“We have now started implementing the electronic system with a few exporters and hope more would join,” Tea Board Chairman Lalith Hettiarachchi said Thursday.
The online documentation system would help exporters save time and reduce the hassle of travelling from distant places and waiting in queues to get documents processed, he told a seminar to raise awareness about the system among exporters.
“Sometimes it takes hours, even days to get documents approved,” he said, adding that exporters can save on the cost of fuel and time spent on travel, and delays caused by road blocks.
“Now exporters can do online most of the work that was previously done manually,” said Vinesh Athukorala, chief executive of eServices Lanka, which did the project.