Customs strike: Importers say essential food prices would go up

Published : 12:01 am  February 5, 2019 | No comments so far |  | 

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By Indika Sri Aravinda   

The Essential Food Commodities’ Importers and Traders Association yesterday said it has decided to increase the prices of a number of essential food items this week due to the work-to-rule campaign by the Customs.   

 

of US$ 36 per day for one 40-foot container and US$ 20 for 20-foot container until the containers are released.   


“In addition to these charges, we have to pay Rs.850,000 for one container of potatoes because of the increased import tax on potatoes which came into effect from last Friday. In this crisis situation, we have decided to increase the prices of food items during this week,” he said.   


Accordingly, prices of imported rice, sugar, dhal, potatoes, onions and green grams would go up.


When contacted, Chairman of the Customs Superintendents Union Uditha Jayasinghe said they have to charge the increased tax amount from the containers which arrived at the port even before the date when the tax was increased.  


He said the number of containers which are being released from the port had been reduced to 200 per day due to the Customs work-to-rule campaign. “This could only intensify this week,” he said.   

 

In addition to these charges, we have to pay Rs.850,000 for one container of potatoes because of the increased import tax on potatoes which came into effect from last Friday

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