"All cargoes arriving from Japanese ports from and around the affected areas are subjected to radiation checks at the Port of Colombo."
In-bound containers and motor vehicles are driven through radiation scanners installed under the 'Mega Ports Initiative' jointly commissioned by the US Energy Department and Sri Lanka's Ministry of Ports in 2006.
The MPI is a US programme to scan US-bound containers at foreign ports for radiation in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks using nuclear or radiological weapons.The scanners can detect radioactive materials inside containers.
The Colombo port scanning was prompted by the release of radiation into the atmosphere from Japan's nuclear power plant at Fukushima which was damaged when an earthquake and tsunami caused power shortage across northern Japan.
Japanese authorities have also detected slightly higher than normal levels radio activity in vegetables and milk in areas near the plant, but said it was not a danger to human health.