Customs warning on restricted commodities

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Customs observes that there has been an increase in bringing in restricted commodities by travelers, in their accompanied and un-accompanied passenger baggage (UPB) in the recent past. 

Such items include restricted commodities such as gold, cigarettes, medicines, ornamental plants, etc., and commodities the importation of which are temporarily suspended due to foreign exchange issues prevailing in the country. 

In addition, Sri Lanka Customs also said that it was also observed that some travelers bring in commodities in commercial quantities in violation of regulations published under the Customs Ordinance and the Imports and Exports (Control) Act. 

Sri Lanka Customs hereby informs all travelers to restrain from bringing in any prohibited and restricted commodities or temporary suspended commodities or commodities in commercial quantities contained in the accompanied and un-accompanied baggage through the airport or the UPB warehouses with immediate effect. 

Failure to comply with these instructions shall result in the forfeiture of all the commodities brought in and imposition of further forfeitures or penalties in terms of the provisions of the Customs Ordinance and the Imports and Exports (Control) Act.

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