26th February 2012, www.sundayobserver.lk, By Jayampathy Jayasinghe
SLPA presented the cargo management system and cargo billing system at the consultative discussion on "Ports Shipping Procedures and Industry Issues" organised by the Ports and Shipping Committee of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) recently.
The new computer system 'NAVIS' is a tested and proven computer software solution in many large ports in the world. Navis is empowering the SLPA to automate its identified operations such as as cargo billing.
Chief Manager Core Banking Systems of Bank of Ceylon, Lakshman Perera presented the automated payment system implemented by the BOC connected with Asycuda World and NAVIS systems at Customs and SLPA.
He explained the e-payment facility through internet and BOC branches.
It was well attended, and represented by over 60 leading establishments from the shipping and freight forwarding industry who raised queries related to Customs inquiries on EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), H.S code definitions, demurrage to be paid on delays and many clarifications with regard to SLPA operations.
Director General of Customs,Dr. Neville Gunawardene assured a better service to clients whilst sorting out all operational and technical issues. It was also noted that with the implementation of the latest computer system "Asycuda World", many operational issues would be ironed out.
Image: Chairman Ports and Shipping Committee of NCCSL Sujeiva Samaraweera (centre) Director General of Customs, Dr. Neville
Gunawardene (left) and Director General of Customs, S J S Gunathunga at the meeting.