Sri Lanka exporters demand streamlined customs

Apr 13, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lankan exporters have called for more streamlined customs clearance to help reduce costs and be more competitive in overseas markets. Although clearing facilities are available for airfreight cargo round-the-clock, seven days of the week, “in regard to other cargo only perishable cargo is provided such a facility,” the NCE said.

“Enterprises which need to clear urgent spare parts to facilitate their operations cannot do so during weekends.”

The chamber has a membership of 450 export companies who account for more than half of Sri Lanka’s total export earnings. Proposals presented by the National Chamber of Exporters to government ahead of its budget for this year said streamlined customs clearance procedures and transparency in operations were “imperative” in a modern trading system.

Existing e-commerce systems were inadequate and prone to breakdowns, resulting in additional costs and delays to exporters, the NCE said.

” . . .although computerization has been effected to a certain extent in regard to customs procedures and clearance, exporters continue to encounter delays and the resulting additional costs due to ine