Media Releaes: Sri Lanka Shippers' Council hails the Sri Lanka Customs initiative to facilitate exports
16th September 2014
Sri Lanka Shippers' Council, an Affiliated Trade Association of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce believes that the establishment of the new export facilitation center at the port access road will help local exporters to process export documentation 24x7x365.
Export Facilitation Centre – Container Flow
05th September 2014
Sri Lanka Customs Notice - Goods Clearance sms Service
02nd September 2014
Sri Lanka Customs has introduced a unique SMS Alerts System and an Application that aids importers to track the clearance status of their goods. The importers/declarants can register for this service by downloading the application at the Sri Lanka Customs Department website, Downloads-SMS Application and handing over the same to the CHA unit in the ground floor.
Sri Lanka Customs - Notice to Exporters E-CDN
02nd September 2014
Exporters are hereby requested to lodge Cargo Dispatch Note Electronically (e-CDN) for export containers that are brought into the Port Premises and also all FCL containers have to be routed through Export Facilitation Center (EFC) at No 478/6, K Cyril C Perera Mawatha, Colombo 13 w.e.f. 18th August 2014.
Trade Notice - Guidelines issued by the Director General of Merchant shipping
29th August 2014
Attached is the Guidelines issued by the Director General of Merchant shipping under Section 7 of the Licensing of Shipping Agents Act No. 10 of 1972 as Amended read with Regulation 9 of the Gazette Extraordinary 1847/53 dated 31.01.2014 on the Regulations 4 and 5 of the Gazette Extraordinary 1842/16 dated 27.12.2013.
Sri Lanka Customs Exports Facilitation Centre - Objectives, Process and its Benefits to the trade
15th July 2014
To facilitate the export cargo clearance through Customs by;
Benefits to the Exporters
- minimizing the time taken and thereby reducing the cost incurred
- promoting compliant traders and discouraging illegal exports
- Availability of the Customs services on 24 X 7 X 365 basis
- Predictability in Customs clearance time and cost
- Proposed one-stop-shop for all the exports
- Proposed eWarranting for the selected exporters
- Proposed Green Channel facility to compliant exporters
Sri Lanka Customs - Notice to Exporters
14th July 2014
All exporters' BOI and non BOI are requested to open payment accounts with Trico Logistics Ltd. For payment of service charges as all FCL containers are to be routed through this center for monitoring and facilitating purposes.
ANNUAL REPORT & ACCOUNTS 2013/2014
08th July 2014
Sri Lanka Custom's Announcement: Establishment of a Centralized Cargo Processing Facility at Port Access Road
03rd July 2014
Sri Lanka Customs is pleased to announce the establishment of a centralized Cargo Processing Facility with a view of facilitate the export sector in Sri Lanka. The new facility is located adjoining the Port Access Road at No.06, Bloemendhal, Colombo 13. and will be operational as a pilot project in processing Export cargo on 24x7 basis, with effect from 01st July 2014.
Exporters are expected to lodge Cargo Dispatch Notes electronically (e: CDN) for export containers that will be brought into the Port premises on or after 1st July 2014.
Export cargo identified as high risk, based on risk assessment will be subjected for examination. Through this exercise, Sri Lanka customs expect to extend expeditious service for the legitimate export sector and thereby significantly reduce the time and cost related to export processing at customs. The proposed measures will surely enhance Sri Lanka's competitiveness in the global trade
44th AGM Sri Lanka Shippers' Council 2013-2014
27th June 2014
Sri Lanka Shippers' Council held its 44th Annual General Meeting on the 27th June 2014 at 5.30 p.m. at Earl's Court, Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo followed by 'the Post Business Session' and cocktails. . The Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance & Planning, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara was the Chief Guest and the key note speaker at the AGM. . Mr. Ashroff Omar, CEO of Brandix Lanka limited graced this occasion as the Guest of Honour. Mr. Sean Van Dort assumed responsibility as the Chairman of the Council for the year 2014/15. Thereafter, Mr. Nalin Silva and Mr. Chrisso De Mel were elected as 1st Vice Chairman and the 2nd Vice Chairman of the Council respectively. Mr. Dinesh De Silva stepped down as the Chairman of the Council after completing 2 successful years in the said capacity.
SLSC – 44th Annual General Meeting and the Post Business Session
23rd June 2014
The 44th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Shippers' Council will be held on Friday, 27th June, 2014 at 5.30 p.m. at Earl's Court, Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo followed by "the Post Business Session" and cocktails.
The Post Business Session and cocktails will commence at 6.30 p.m. under the distinguished patronage of Dr. P.B. Jayasundara, Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance & Planning and Economic Development, as the Chief Guest who would deliver the Key Note Address. Mr. Ashroff Omar, CEO of Brandix Lanka limited will grace this occasion as the Guest of Honour.
Members are kindly requested to attend both events.
Trade Notice - Issued by Director General Merchant Shipping - Maximum Delivery Order fee
25th April 2014
Director General of Merchant Shipping has issued a notice informing the trade that the maximum fee a service provider can charge from Sri Lankan importers with effect from 30/04/2014 will be Rs.6,000.00 per Delivery Order.
For Further information please visit: www.dgshipping.gov.lk
Trade Notice - To be vigilant on exorbitant local charges by some service providers
01st February 2014
Extraordinary Gazette Notification no 1842/16 of 26/12/2013 the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
The Council has been informed that some service providers have increased local charges on shipments to very high levels.
The Extraordinary Gazette on Terminal Handling and Other Charges
06th January 2014
The Extraordinary Gazette on Terminal Handling and Other Charges by Shipping Agents, Freight Forwarders, Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers, Container Operators and Consolidators of Cargo was published by His Excellency the President, who is also the Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping. The move crystalizes one of the several proposals made by His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Budget 2014 to create greater transparency in the levy of terminal handling and other charges. It will promote productivity growth and competitiveness of imports and exports. Regulation will be enforced by the Director of Merchant Shipping from Monday, 6th January 2014.
Sri Lanka Shippers' Council welcomes the Budget Proposals on Shipping
26th November 2013
The Sri Lanka Shippers Council (SLSC) in a statement welcomed the 2014 Budget saying it has addressed many issues relating to the unfair trade practices prevailing in the shipping industry for many years. In view of the above the Council met H.E. the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Frida, 29th November 2013 at the Temple Trees to discuss on removal of THC and other shipping related matters declared in the recently concluded budget speech.
Customs Notice Penalty Tables for late reporting and amendments to cargo manifest
26th November 2013
According to section 29 of the Customs Ordiance, Rs. 100,000/= should recovered as "Forfeiture" for each BL so amended. However, Considering the gravity of the amendment and other circumstance wich require such amendment, the Deputy Director of Customs mitigates this amount in terms of section 163 of Customs Ordinance as stipulated under section 166B..