Sri Lanka maritime industry players come together to resolve industry issues

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Aug 02, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) together with other industry players have initiated a joint process to resolve the current maritime industry-related issues.

Sri Lanka Ports Authority said Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents (CASA) and members of Sri Lanka Association of Vessel Operators (SLAVO) are also participating in this process.

A landmark joint meeting was held recently with the participation of all stakeholders. The meeting recorded the first of its kind in the history of the maritime industry in Sri Lanka.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake and the Director General of Sri Lanka Customs, P. S. M. Charles, with the participation of members of the CASA and SLAVO.

“The meeting brought forward a number of issues that were discussed pertaining to the Anti-Corruption and Zero Tolerance Policy, detained containers, introducing a digital signature and electronic delivery order system,” Ports Authority said.

At present, the Management Committee of Sri Lanka Ports Authority has approved the zero-tolerance policy and this has also been endorsed by the Board of Directors of the institution.

Ports Authority said Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents, other stakeholders, and Sri Lanka Customs have also agreed to follow the zero tolerance policy.

“It was noted that due to several factors such as lack of exporter details or non-presence of the exporter and forged documentation, containers have been detained by relevant authorities for further investigation.”

A joint decision has been reached at the meeting to establish a committee comprising of officials of SLPA, SLC, CASA, and SLAVO to look into the matter.

Ports Authority said the committee will submit a report on existing issues with recommendations and suggestions to resolve the matter. It was also informed by the Customs that regulations will be gazetted for paperless documentation.

A committee has also been appointed to ensure the matter of resolving issues pertaining to implementation of digital signature and electronic delivery order systems, Ports Authority added.