Over 6000 imported vehicles hoarded at Sri Lanka Ports

The Government has requested the owners of companies that had imported vehicles to clear the vehicles from the ports of Sri Lanka.

Co- Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena said a large number of imported vehicles remain hoarded at the Colombo and Hambantota ports.

Less than 500 imported vehicles are stored at the Colombo port, while 6600 imported vehicles remain at the Hambantota Port, and 535 vehicles have been released from the Hambantota Port so far, he said.

Minister Gunawardena urged the company owners to reach out to the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the Police Department, who are in charge of the process required to be cleared and evacuated from the Ports.

It has been brought to the attention of the Government that some companies are refusing to clear the vehicles from the Ports due to lack of space to store them.

Company owners have been requested to take immediate measures to release the vehicles from the Ports as soon as possible, he added. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. If the vehicles are not cleared within a specific time limit, the importers should be penalised for each day in excess. The money could boost the treasury income. If they are still not cleared, and the storage fees are not paid, the vehicles should be auctioned
    off. A great income source to the heavily burdened govt.


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