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Colombo port achieves another first

The Port of Colombo is scheduled to be the first Port in the Indian sub-continent region to comply with the United States Customs Security Initiative (US-CSI). The latest available information reveals that the Sri Lanka Customs is in the process of receiving an X-Ray unit from the United States Customs on a loan basis for the prupose of implementation of the CSI.

Currently the Sri Lanka Customs are at the stage of entering into an MoU with the US Customs to receive this equipment. It is expected that the X-Ray equipment will be in place by September 2005.

Under this proejct US Customs officials will be stationed in the Port of Colombo. They will pre-screen all export and selected Transhipment containers bound for the United States. These inspections will be on an automated targeting system based on intelligence and risk-assessment basis, conducted jointly by the US and SL Cutoms. This initiative by the Sri Lanka Customs together with the Port of Colombo will add greater value to the status of Colombo as a major hub Port in the region.

The Port of Colombo has taken anothr major step forward by being the first Port in the Indian sub-continent region to take part in the Mega Port initiative of the National Nuclear Security Administration of the United States government.

With the signing of the necessary agreements, the United States government would provide all the required scanning equipment to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The scanning equipment will be installed at the port entry/exit gates as well as both the SAGT and JCT container terminals.

These inspections would further boost the faster clearance of goods arriving in the Ports of the United States. Thus providing the opportunity to further enhance US bound cargo volumes from the region, via the Port of Colombo.

SAGT had a another successful year by achieving a total throughput of 899,720 teus within the year 2004. This volume reflected as remarkable 44% growth for SAGT when compared with volumes achieved in the year 2003.

SAGT was not alone in celebrating a successful closure to the year 2004. The entire Port of Colombo enjoyed a successful year by achieving the highest ever volume of over 2.2 M teus. This reflects a growth of 13%. This growth includes a 14% growth in Transhipment volumes and a 17% growth in Domestic volumes.

The latest Tsunami warning which came on the 29th of March saw SAGT rolling out their emergency procedures which proved very successful. All staff were evacuated from the yard to the 5th floor of the administration building and all cranes and equipment were safely anchored. Normal operations commenced immediately upon receiving clearance from the state agencies.
(DN - 14/05/2005)

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