Govt. will make 'upfront' cargo clearance easier: Finance Minister


by Sanath Nanayakkare

The government is committed to bringing all authorities engaged in import and export clearance on to a single platform to facilitate faster and seamless clearance of cargo without allowing miscreants to abuse the system, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said recently addressing the audience at a workshop organized by SLFFA Cargo Services Ltd (SLFFACSL) which was facilitated by Supply Chain Consultant Gayani de Alwis.

The minister further said," Although I'm supportive of regulatory reforms to enable more efficiency in import/export clearance, any possible miscreants will not be allowed to violate the system".

"I'm pleased to see that the SLFFACSL has organized this workshop by bringing all stakeholders together to identify and resolve issues of the industry and make Sri Lanka a competitive place for cargo operations," he said.

This full day workshop for SLAFFACSL clients was held at the Hilton Residencies, under the theme, 'Driving business growth through competitive supply chains'.

Gayani de Alwis, Supply Chain Consultant, made a presentation to show how Logistics and the Supply Chain can contribute to business growth of an organization as well as on the need to invest in relevant professionals to achieve optimum business results.

The Chairman of SLFFA Cargo Services Ltd, Diren Hallock in his address stated that the event was a landmark occasion as everyone could collaborate to identify and help solve issues in the trade.

SLFFACL has been successfully operating an import air cargo terminal at BIA-Katunayake since 1994. More recently they have set up the trade portal to facilitate e-trading in the form of E-booking and E-Airwaybill transmission based on their tie-up with Cargo Community Network, Singapore (CCN).

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