Customs extends automated services to two companies


Sri Lanka Customs (SLC) said that the extension of the automated service to two private institutions would help small time importers and exporters who don’t have the facility to electronically key- in the required documents.

Additional Director General Sri Lanka Customs, D.S. Gunatunga said yesterday that SLC would be able to expedite the Customs process by the extended facility.

Explaining the procedure he said that a password would be given by the Customs to the importer while they could use it when submitting the documents and clearing them from the port. Training was provided by the Customs to the IT personnel of the two institutions. He said that there was a computer facility available in the Customs premises as well for those who wanted to use the service.

Meanwhile ACFA opened its new "ACFA key – in – centre" for Sri Lanka Customs and Sri Lanka Ports Authority documentation services at Reclamation Road last Thursday (30). General Manager Shipping and Logistics, Anton Emmanuel said that ACFA had established a branch company and commenced the initiation of the project as soon as the SLC signed the agreement in June this year. He said that I -7 computers, and photo copiers were installed in the premises with the "on line connection" to customs to enable importers and clearing agents to submit their documents "on – line."

"A small fee will be levied from all customers who are assured of an efficient and professional service at all times, day or night. Thus importers, exporters and clearing agents can be assured of a smooth and seamless transition process when the submitting of documents moves from physical submissions to on line submissions," Emmanuel added.

- (DJ)

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