Sri Lanka Customs is one of the oldest Customs administrations in the world which celebrated its 200 years in 2009. However, there is evidence of the existence of Customs tax collection in Sri Lanka over 2000 years ago at the Godawaya Harbor in Hambanthota.
The present Sri Lanka Customs administration is a Department coming under the Ministry of Finance and Planning. The present Minister is Honourable Ravi Karunanayake and the present head of the Department is Mr. R. Semasinghe who works under the supervision of Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga, the Secretary to the Treasury.
The Director General of Customs is assisted by five Additional Director Generals and there are over two thousand employees working for the Department.
For the year 2012, the Sri Lanka Customs is expected to collect Rs. 570 billions as import and export tax revenue which is amounting to 57% of the total tax revenue of the country. Further, the Customs Department is playing a major role in controlling and monitoring imports and exports of restricted and prohibited goods of environmental, health, social and security concerned.
Our functions includes
- Collection of revenue
- Prevention of revenue leakages and other frauds
- Facilitation of legitimate trade
- Collection of import and export data to provide statistics.
- Cooperation and coordination with other Government Departments and stakeholders in respect of imports and exports.
To become the best customs service in South Asia
The Sri Lanka Customs is dedicated to enforce revenue and social protection laws of the state while facilitating the trade with the objective of contributing to the national effort and in due recognition thereof
Sri lanka Customs is one of the oldest government departments, established in the year 1806. With the introduction of Customs Ordinance, it developed into a full-pledged state organization mainly responsible for the collection of revenue and the enforcement of law.