Import of garbage
Posted on July 27th, 2019

Dr Sarath Obeysekera 

People should know the actual background of the importation of the garbage. We hear that a UK company shipped it to Sri Lanka as per the order or a proforma invoice submitted beforehand.

What is the HS code of the garbage?

Chain of activities should be investigated by journalists and place articles in the newspapers to explain to laymen how this has happened.MPs keep making statements about the company that stored the material in a free trade zone who claim that they are just safe-keepers.

The company which had imported are not coming forward. As inland revenue and customs have information about their NIC numbers they can track them.

Customs holding press conferences first time in the history of an imported and forfeited commodity can divulge all the details.

The government blames the opposition for passing a gazette in 2013 under which garbage was legally imported.

The opposition claim that the current government should have canceled the gazette

As usual people in the country are confused ., just like the Easter Bombing matter and Meethotamulle carnage, where no one wants to take responsibility.

3 Responses to “Import of garbage”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    Those who are after the truth and not political sweet talk should read the Finance Act Commercial Hub Regulations No. 12 of 2013. This Act was passed by parliament and gazette on 22 July, 2013.

    It gives exemptions for garbage or any supposedly “entrepot” importer/exporter on all these safeguards.

    1. Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235),

    2. The Exchange Control Act (Chapter 423),

    3. the Imports and Exports (Control) Act (1969) and,

    4. the Finance Act of 2012.

    The only requirements are, the business has at least 65% of its total investment from foreign sources including and transfers from a Foreign Currency Banking Unit of a licensed Commercial Bank operating in Sri Lanka, and of which the total turnover is from export of goods and/or services.

    Of course this incompetent UNP regime need not have continued with it. Their fault too. They were elected to change these; not to continue with them.

    This is somewhat like the 2016 collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage mountain killing Sinhalese people living in that area for generations years after it was moved from Mattakkuliya. It was created by one political clan, garbage pile was increased by another political clan, collapsed during the latter clan but innocent civilians were the victims. Responsible political clans that love funeral houses didn’t visit those victims while all other politicians did.

  2. Dilrook Says:

    The only requirements are, the business has at least 65% of its total investment from foreign sources including and transfers from a Foreign Currency Banking Unit of a licensed Commercial Bank operating in Sri Lanka, and of which the total turnover is from export of goods and/or services.

    If these requirements are met, not just garbage but also weapons, nuclear waste, dead bodies or anything can be imported by re-exporters or those who claim to be so.

    Now consider the businesses of some of those who are responsible for and connected to the Easter Sunday attacks; the cancerous oil palm importers, etc.

  3. Randeniyage Says:

    To be honest, more than Ranil, Mangala, Ravi, Sajith and this government, it is disgusting so called Deshpremiyos are the one blocking general public from attacking the criminal directly. People think if they support the Deshpremiyos, they are safe and leave it to them.
    But if you look at this case, they are arguing there is nothing wrong with the new law passed in 2013. This allow laws to remain and country in the danger. If Deshapremiyos ( who are actually protecting criminals) were not there people would have surrounded the Rajagedara by now.
    Who gave Wilapattuwa to Rishrad ?
    Who gave East to Hizbullah ?
    Who gave the North liberated by loss of 20000 Sinhala lives to Wigneshwaran massina ?

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