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Importers allowed to bring goods on shorter credit periods

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In the coming weeks, clearance procedures are going to allow imported goods requiring supplier credit to be allowed with credit periods shorter than 180 days. The imported items will still require that the supplier provide credit for the item but the controls will be amended to allow for shorter credit cycles.

Department of Imports and Exports Control Controller General, Damayanthi Karunaratne noted that the economic fallout from COVID-19 necessitated the need for import controls but that these controls would be somewhat relaxed in the period ahead.

Rules for items needing supplier credit will be amended to allow for importation with credit periods shorter than 180 days. Other controls will also be loosened. Karunaratne was speaking at National Chamber recent webinar.

Certain widely imported items like freezer trucks, televisions, and auto spare parts are to have looser import controls. Items that have been put on the credit list but have been cleared on a payment basis can be cleared on the payment of a considerable fine under the discretion of the trade declarations committee.

Palm oil imports will be allowed through an import license system on the advice of the Industries Minister and the BOI.

Raw materials for local manufacturing are allowed so long as there is local value addition of 35%.

New gazette notifications are going to be drafted to allow for certain foreign standards and certification to be recognized by the Sri Lanka Import and Export Department.

License fees of the Department of Import And Export Control which have not been revised for multiple years are to be revised upwards. No information on allowing the importation of tiles has been officially communicated to the department of import and export. Ceramic squatting pans and bathroom fittings will be allowed on a credit basis.

Customs Superintendent, Indunil Udaya said that there is soon going to be a scanning machine at the exports division to reduce the physical examination of containers.

“If there are suspicions on a particular container there will no longer be a need to open the container. Non-invasive examination procedures can be undertaken. We are going to minimize human intervention because of the pandemic situation.”

“Once you upload the documents online you can’t upload them again, even if there is a requirement to upload further documents for clarification, you then have to come to customs physically with the documentation.”

An import-control license has to be debited with customs to clear goods. There is no online system but on an ad-hoc basis, customs officers will accept documents remitted via Whatsapp.

Customs Superintendent C. P. G. Punchihewa said that Customs Declarations are now completely submitted online.

Importers who fail to submit all the requisite documentation will have to come physically and submit the additional documentation.

 



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SLT-MOBITEL powers ANANKE IoT Services to shine at Globee® Awards

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SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT, Telecommunications and Mobile Services Provider, is proud to announce its partner ANANKE IoT Services (Pvt) Ltd has been conferred a Gold award under the ‘Start-up of the Year – IT Category’ at the 16th Annual 2021 IT World Awards. Organizers of the world’s premier business awards programs and business ranking lists, The Globee® Awards; recognised ANANKE IoT’s Smart Bins Project, powered by NB-IoT technology from SLT-MOBITEL, the undisputed leader of IoT services and related digital transformation in Sri Lanka.

SLT-MOBITEL’s NB-IoT network enables the entire device connectivity chain of the Smart Bins Project and is Sri Lanka’s only such network to-date. NB-IoT is the GSMA standard for Low-Power-Wide-Area Internet of Things connectivity, which is particularly suited to ensure the battery life of a sensor extends to up to 10 years. As the only telco to offer this advanced technology in Sri Lanka, SLT-MOBITEL was perfectly positioned to support ANANKE IoT Services for quick deployment of its Smart Bins solution. This is the first large-scale NB-IoT enabled hardware project in Sri Lanka and utilizes, ANANKE IoT’s in-house built proprietary platform. (SLT)

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Dialog Television extends access to Nenasa and Guru TV education channels free of charge

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Furthering its efforts to ensure that no child is left behind in continuing their education, Dialog Axiata Group, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, extended free access to its education bouquet Nenasa Sinhala, Nenasa Tamil and Guru TV channels through Dialog Television and ViU App.

Despite the learning loss that ensued the pandemic, Dialog remains committed in its resolve to ensuring that children across the country have equitable access to education. Both Dialog Television prepaid and postpaid customers can access these channels for free. Nenasa Sinhala (Ch. 24) and Nenasa Tamil (Ch. 25) cover grade 3 to 13 Government syllabi, while Guru TV (Ch. 22) covers grade 5 to 13 Government syllabi, all conducted by qualified teachers with immersive, engaging and innovative teaching techniques. Furthermore, this education channel bouquet and over 160 supplementary lessons and educational content can also be accessed via ViU App on any smartphone, ViU Hub and ViU Mini for free, without any data charges on the Dialog network.

Commenting, Chirantha De Zoysa, Head of Business – Dialog Television said, “Extending Nenasa Sinhala, Nenasa Tamil and Guru TV education channels for free is part of our overarching efforts in providing schoolchildren across the country with equitable access to education to achieve their aspirations. While the pandemic has magnified the disparities in education and underscored the importance of inclusive education, Dialog remains resolute in continuing to bridge this gap.”

This is yet another initiative by Dialog in its continued efforts of supporting students across the country with their educational endeavours. In addition to this initiative, Dialog powers a range of educational platforms under the Nenasa initiative; Nenasa TV, Nenasa Smart School, Nenasa App and the toll-free Nenasa 1916 distance learning helpline. Dialog also endeavoured to provide 100,000 schoolchildren in need with Data Scholarships under the ‘NanaDiri Data Scholarship’ programme to facilitate their online learning from home. Furthermore, the company extended free access without any data charges to e-Thaksalawa, the National Learning Content Management System (LCMS)/Learning Management System (LMS) and to all official e-Learning platforms of State Universities under the purview of the University Grants Commission.

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Allianz Insurance and HSBC Sri Lanka partner to offerworld-class insurance products to HSBC Premier customers

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Allianz Insurance Limited (Allianz Lanka) has entered into an agreement with HSBC Sri Lanka to offer the bank’s affluent customers two world-class insurance products with flexible 0% installment plans, namely Global Health Medical Insurance that provides high quality healthcare services worldwide, and Student Companion to provide insurance solutions for students travelling overseas for education. These new offerings are part of a 10-year exclusive bancassurance distribution agreement signed between the Allianz Group and HSBC covering key markets in Asia such as Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Sri Lanka.

In recent times, increases in the cost of living and unexpected medical expenses due to the pandemic, have put pressure on many customers and their families. Due to these uncertainties, customers are looking for the assurance of a safety net, which protects their loved ones, both locally and overseas. Value added services such as international family care support with access to advice from overseas doctors/international care specialists have proven to be even more valuable today for customers.

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