Reports about textile imports from North Korea are erroneous: Foreign Ministry

Aug 08, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said news reports regarding textile imports from the North Korea to Sri Lanka during the period October 2017 and March 2018 are erroneous.

The ministry said in keeping with Sri Lanka’s international obligations as a member of the United Nations, the Government of Sri Lanka abides by the provisions of the UN Security Council Resolutions in relation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“Sri Lanka cooperates closely with the UN Security Council Panel of Experts (PoE) for the implementation of the respective Resolutions, and provides responses to questions raised by the PoE from time to time,” the ministry said.

“There have been several instances where, at the point of data entry into the Customs Automated Data Processing System by the Consignee/ Customs House Agent, the country of export had been selected inadvertently as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, instead of the Republic of Korea.”

Foreign Ministry further stated that having clarified this inadvertent error to the PoE, the Sri Lanka Customs has now initiated a mechanism to prevent the repetition of such errors in the future.