Apr 03, 2012 (LBO) – Vehicle imports would be routed through a new port in Hambantota in the south of the island from May 31, which will speed up clearing of cars, state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority said. SLPA said roll-on roll-off vessels were experiencing berthing delays and delays in clearing were also causing congestion.

Delays of more than 10 days were also pushing up, freight rates, SLPA said.

“The situation also results in a reluctance of the shipping lines to enter Colombo,” the SLPA said in a statement.

The port agency is giving concessions to vessels calling at Hambantota and in addition to prompt berthing of vessels could also benefit from ample and secure parking facilities.

Last weekend the Treasury jacked up taxes on cars and imports are expected to collapse.

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