Trade unions up in arms against draft New Customs Law


The front page of the Draft Proposals For A New Customs Law to be presented in Parliament on June 21.

By Madura Ranwala 

Independent Government Trade Union Organisation Sri Lanka Customs General Secretary R. Wijekoon along with other trade unions want President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discard Draft Proposals For A New Customs Law (DPFANCL) to be presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake on June 21.

Unionists allege that it has been drafted to facilitate fraudulent importers and ruling party politians’ companies.

If the new laws are passed the Treasury will be deprived of revenue by way of fines, unionists say.

Trade unionists threaten to launch a strike if the President and PM do not take any action to prevent the DPFANCL being presented to Parliament.

The present Customs Ordinance that generated about 90% of the Treasury revenue would be at stake if DPFANCL was passed in Parliament, Wijekoon said.

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