Parties losing kickbacks blocking new cargo ADS

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

Operations of the new Automated Delivery System (ADS), for the clearance of cargo from the Port of Colombo, have been inordinately delayed due to the loss in kickbacks to many connected with cargo clearance, sources said.

Currently, the Automated Delivery System, which would eliminate waste of time and money and where payment of Customs duties and harbour charges could be made online, is being tested for its speed, reliability, accuracy and efficiency,the sources said

Shipping sources, who wished to remain anonymous, said that as there were hidden profits for Customs and SLPA officials, Banks, Security personnel and wharf Clearing Agents. Therefore, those groups were not cooperating and were bent on delaying the launch of the process, which would be a boon to consignees.

SLPA sources said that the Automated Delivery System was the brain child of SLPA Chairman Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema, who was fully committed towards eliminating waste of time and money by the cargo consignees.

The Ceylon Association of Steamer Agents and the Sri Lanka Association of Vessel Operators have expressed their wholehearted support towards the launching of the Online process.

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