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The Minister of Finance has proposed to establish a modern Container Scanning System with the view of improving the efficiency and productivity of Sri Lanka Customs in 2015 budget proposals.

The proposal made by Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to implement the Container Scanning System through a partnership with the private sector, considering the requirement of human resources, cost of equipment and maintenance of equipment of this nature, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers last week.

Sri Lanka Customs processes an average of about 1,100 import containers per day. At present, only about 10% to 15% of randomly selected containers are subjected to x-ray scanning using the department owned scanners. These scanners are about 8 years old and are subject to frequent repairs.