Cargo Examination Directorate

1. Introduction

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.

2. Scope

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 to examination.

3. Vision

Dedicated to protect society, economy and environment of the country, contributing for collection of due revenue to the state and facilitating legitimate trade.

4. Mission

Dedicated examination of high risk cargo while examination of low risk cargo through scanning and random check.

5. Objectives

  • Ensure collection of due revenue on imports of sea cargo.
  • Ensure implementation of prohibitions and restrictions as imposed by laws.
  • Facilitation of legitimate trade.

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