Customs seize undeclared scrap metal shipment

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Officers attached to the Central Intelligence Directorate of Sri Lanka Customs seized more than 140 MT of scrap metal, valued over Rs 60 million, before it was to be shipped out of the country illegally. The export of scrap metal had been restricted by the Government on 30 August.

Customs Media spokesperson, Director of Customs Sudatta Silva noted that the contents of the 20-foot container were declared to customs as natural rubber.

“The scrap metal was about to be shipped to India when it was intercepted based on collective intelligence and suspicion. Accordingly, 10 twenty-foot containers containing scrap metal, which an Indian businessman tried to illegally export from Sri Lanka, were seized by the officials of the Central Intelligence Division of Sri Lanka Customs and subjected to inspection,” he added.

The customs declaration submitted by the exporter to the Sri Lanka Customs stated that the container contained 140 metric tons of natural crepe rubber and the suspect tried to export it to India. Three suspects have been arrested in connection to the incident and have been remanded.

Further inquiries are being carried out by the Custom’s Central Intelligence Directorate and a customs investigation will be conducted in the end of the inquiries, and the goods will be confiscated and the suspects fined, he said.

By Nabiya Vaffoor