Attempt to Smuggle Wallapatta and Sandalwood

Sri Lanka customs has detained a container on 14.08.2020 at Export Facilitation Center, Colombo 13. After examination, it was found that 126.95 kg of Wallapatta (Gyrinops walla) and 144.6 kg of Sandalwood (Santhalum album), both worth of Rs.10 million (USD 53,500), that were concealed in boxes of vegetables and fruits in a 45 feet long reefer container. This is a violation of Customs Ordinance read with Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance and Forest Ordinance.

Goods were forfeited and a penalty of Rs.3 million was imposed to the shipper.

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