Sri Lanka Ports Authority implements clearance of imported goods through electronic methods
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has reportedly used electronic payments via the internet to clear all imports at the Port of Colombo.
Accordingly, port users have been enabled to make payments from their homes or offices to clear goods from the Port of Colombo.
Implemented on instructions of SLPA Chairman General Daya Ratnayake, this special facility is to enable port users to make their port payments easily without hassle and in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, all terminals of the Port of Colombo have been made readily available with necessary arrangements towards required services for all stakeholders, media reports noted.
At present, the SLPA and all other terminals of the Port of Colombo have maintained all port operations with the implementation of a strategic crisis management plan.
Also, complying with the Sri Lankan government’s Health Regulations, steps have reportedly been taken to secure and protect port employees and port users from the pandemic by facilitating the payment of imported goods through the internet, efficiently and expeditiously.
Facilities have also been offered by SLPA with the e-payment methods for the clearance of FCL and LCL cargo through respective clearance agencies via the SLPA web www.slpa.lk.
Sri Lankan authorities are focussed on transforming the country into an e-economy by expanding the existing digital platforms. This has resulted in a vast expansion in the ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors creating many business/investment opportunities in the two sectors. Digitisation of operations as well as online payment platforms are also being set up in the state sector. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s ICT and digital infrastructure development sectors.
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