Central Cargo Examination Division examines sea cargo at landing points in Colombo Port and
Inland Clearance Depots outside the Colombo Port. FCL cargo is examined in Grayline Yard
I, Grayline Yard II and Rank Container Terminal. LCL cargo is examined either at New
Nuge Road warehouse or landing points; Bandaranayake Quay, Jaya Container Terminal
(JCT). The selectivity of cargo for examination is performed based on associated risk by
the Senior Deputy Directors attached to Screening Unit of Cargo Examination
Directorate. It is performed based on automated risk criterions that are set by the Risk
Management Committee, chaired by the Director General of Customs and intelligence and
intuition of senior Deputy Directors attached to Screening Unit. Depending on the level of
associated risk, the high risk FCL cargo is directed to High Risk Cargo Unit at Grayline
Yard I, the medium risk cargo is directed to examination points at Grayline Yard I or II, and the
low risk cargo is directed to Rank Container Terminal (RCT). As step of facilitation of
legitimate trade, the low risk-FCL cargo is further directed for scanning to expedite clearance
with minimum examination. In addition, the consignments of single commodity with bulk
of containers are released on Green Chanel from Cargo Examination Main Office as
another step of facilitation of legitimate trade. There are four scanners in place as facilitation
tools for 24 hours operation at Colombo Port and Rank Container Terminal.
The scope of examination is not limited to the sea cargo imported for home use. The sea cargo
imported for industries operating under the Board of Investment (BOI), Temporary Importation
for Export Programme (TIEP) and importation under Customs Bonded Scheme are also subjected
Dedicated to protect society, economy and environment of the country, contributing for
collection of due revenue to the state and facilitating legitimate trade.
Dedicated examination of high risk cargo while examination of low risk cargo
through scanning and random check.
- Ensure collection of due revenue on imports of sea cargo.
- Ensure implementation of prohibitions and restrictions as imposed by laws.
- Facilitation of legitimate trade.