SLPA steps goes Digital with Customs Clearance

Since the COVID-19 epidemic, the world has struggled to comply with the new rules that various nations and regions have set for the processing of imports and exports. Strict regulations brought about by the second COVID-19 wave resulted in a number of delays in the customs clearance of imported goods. Due to the setbacks experienced since March 2020, it was clear that certain processes needed to be modified to address the changing environment. As a result, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority took action to accept electronic payments for the customs clearance of imported goods in an effort to speed up the clearance process.

However, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority took action in the middle of December 2020 to protect workers and ensure that operations would continue at a normal pace with cooperation from all three ports. The SLPA was also designated an essential service until the end of 2020, which has made it easier to continue operations and deliver services.

Importers can now easily make payments online from the comfort of their home or office without having to make manual payments, which speeds up the process. Electronic payments are used to clear imported goods. Many people who are eagerly expecting their items will benefit from the electronic payment for clearing imported goods in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the alternative measures that must be adopted to advance economic prosperity. It is now possible to quickly and easily clear FCL and LCL freight through the various clearance agencies by using the SLPA.

The ASYCUDA (Automated System for Customs Data) CUSDEC (Customs Declaration) must be prepared in 4 copies (Warrant copy, Delivery Copy, Exchange Copy, Party’s Copy) as part of the cargo clearing process. CUSDEC can be processed at either the Importers office or the Customs Long Room (Katunayake), depending on who has been granted access to the DTI (Direct Trader Input) facility.

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