SLSC and SLPA unite for significant strides towards imports and exports

17th December 2023

In a significant stride towards advancing Sri Lanka's Imports and Exports, the Sri Lanka Shippers' Council (SLSC) recently joined forces with the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) in a strategic meeting.

The objective was to tackle critical issues within the industry and strategize on elevating it to new heights.

Attended by the Chairman of the SLSC Sean Van Dort and Chairman of the SLPA Keith D. Bernard, the meeting brought together key stakeholders from both organizations. Among the key areas of discussion were assessments of the current status of Digitalization, Single Window, and the Ports Community System (PCS). A notable outcome of the meeting was the SLSC's proposal to reinstate monthly meetings. This initiative is anticipated to provide a platform for direct issue resolution, fostering continuous dialogue that will be instrumental in enhancing the industry. Chairman Bernard positively endorsed the suggestion, recognizing its potential to minimize challenges.

Emphasizing the critical need for an improved digital infrastructure, the SLSC underscored the significance of increased digitalization and the importance of the Ports Community System. The logistics cost, identified as considerably high in Sri Lanka, became a focal point of discussion.

The SLSC stressed the importance of mutual understanding between the private sector and government agencies, emphasizing its role in propelling the nation forward.

The meeting stands as a testament to a promising step forward in fortifying Sri Lanka's trade sector. By fostering collaboration and addressing critical challenges, the industry aims to thrive in an ever-competitive global market. This collaborative effort reflects a commitment to a shared vision of progress, ensuring that Sri Lanka's shipping industry remains robust and resilient in the face of evolving demands.


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