Sri Lanka Ports Authority launches electronic payments platform

Port of Colombo launches electronic payments platform

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has launched an electronic import payment platform at the Port of Colombo as part of efforts to increase productivity and efficiency.

In a statement, the SLPA said it will allow port users to make payments from their homes or offices to clear goods from the Port of Colombo, easing congestion and helping traffic flow more freely.

Ports around the world have suffered substantial congestion and fluctuations in trade as the COVID-19 pandemic forced some to shut and made factory output plummet.

This caused some ports on major shipping lanes in Asia to invest in new technologies, such as Electronic Bills of Lading, to clear the cargo congestion.

The electronic payments project has been implemented on instructions of the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), General Daya Ratnayake, the SLPA said.

The authority also said that in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, all terminals of the Port of Colombo have been made readily available with necessary arrangements towards required services for all stakeholders.

At present, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and all other terminals of the Port of Colombo have also maintained all port operations with the implementation of a strategic crisis management plan.

The SLPA to secure and protect port employees and port users from the pandemic by, facilitating the payment of imported goods through the internet, efficiently and expeditiously.

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