Cargo cleared under one minute in Sri Lanka Ports, First in South Asia?
The new automated systems are in place and the Customs Department is now in a position to clear import cargo consignments in less than a minute, said Neville Gunawardena, Director General of Customs. Addressing a recent workshop on the new automated procedures introduced to clear cargo organised by the Shippers Academy and the National Chamber of Exporters Sri Lanka Pavilion, Dr Gunawardena said: “We would like to see at least 25 per cent of import cargo cleared by the Customs in less than a minute.
We want importers to forward their CusDecs (Customs Declarations) and payments electronically. Then they would be assessed and clearance given. I’m sure that won’t take one minute and we can achieve this within a very short period of time”. According to the Customs chief, the ASYCUDA (Automated SYstem for CUstoms DAta) system is capable of receiving all declarations and payments electronically and once the Customs is ready with import manifests, it should be able to process the CusDecs within a minute.
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