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Serving Sri Lanka

This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Thursday, August 11, 2005

SAGT hepls to get Tsunami aid cargo cleared

The Island: 06/08/2005"

In order to support the importers of Tsunami aid, SAGT has already granted storage waivers amounting to over 1 million US$. These include 240 twenty-foot containers and 228 forty-foot containers amounting to a total of 468 containers.

Great efforts were made by SAGT to track and contact the relevant consignees in order to get the rest of the Tsunami cargo cleared. However, because of the poor response, there are still over 300 containers of uncleared Tsunami cargo at SAGT.

After a lengthy discussion with the Government authorities (SLPA, Dept. of Social Services & Presidential Secretariat), it was decided that uncleared containers carrying Tsunami cargo to be treated as abandoned cargo and handed over to the Dept. of Social Services through SLPA for disposal as per the SLPA Act and the Agreement between SLPA and SAGT.

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