handling operations in Colombo Port has been completely restricterd to
perishable goods, sugar, cement and fertilisers since October 23 rd as two
customs officials handling containers were declared corona positive and forty
others sent for quarantine as a preventive measure according to Sri Lankan
The public and industrialists are
requested to cooperate during this difficult time
instructions of its Director-General Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) Vijitha Ravipriya, the
Customs has decided to carry out only the essential services like clearing
perishable food items, medicine and other essential goods such as sugar, cement
and fertilizer. The public and industrialists are requested to cooperate during
this difficult time by arriving only to clear essential goods and not items
with secondary importance.
it is the armed forces and not public health authorities who have been
officially designated by the Rajapakshe government to tackle the pandemic since
its outbreak earlty this year. Chief of the Srilankan army staff is the
commander of the operations.
Unaccompanied Passenger Baggage (UPB)
clearing yards closed
the Customs yesterday ordered to close all its Unaccompanied Passenger Baggage
(UPB) clearing yards including Trico and Laksiri Seva indefinitely, as the
regular passenger movement to clear these items are of high risk considering
the prevailing situation.
Customs requested public cooperation in clearing only the essential goods to
minimize unnecessary congestion at the Colombo Port since two of their
Inspectors were found positive with Covid-19 yesterday and another 40 to be
sent for quarantine.
Spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said two Customs Inspectors stationed at the New
Container Gate (NCG), which is the main entrance to the Port for container
trucks located on the Port Access Road linking Ingurukade Junction and the
Port, were found positive on October 22nd following PCR tests.
25 other Customs and Port staff sent for
quarantine and next 15 more
Jayaratne said the two Inspectors had been sent to Kosgama Quarantine Centre
and their condition was known to be out of danger. However, 25 other Customs
and Port staff members who were performing duties in the vicinity had also been
sent for quarantine, whilst another 15 such officials are to be sent in due
this staff shortage, additional Customs personnel from different directorates
had been deployed at the New Container Gate of the port to have a smooth