New laws to strike off gold from passengers; says Customs

New laws to strike off gold from passengers; says Customs

New laws to strike off gold from passengers; says Customs

Written by Staff Writer

28 Nov, 2013 | 10:41 am

[quote]There will be a maximum limit of gold Sri Lankans will be able allowed to carry with them.[/quote]

The  Customs Department states that  they have decided to amend the laws pertaining to the weight of gold worn by individuals while immigrating or emigrating to and from the country.

Customs Media Spokesperson, Leslie Gamini said that the amount  of gold worn by individuals when migrating from the country will be monitored and controlled.

He further said,

“We are hoping to amend the laws with regards to taking and wearing gold abroad. We will be implementing this today or tomorrow. Therefore, if a Sri Lankan is wearing gold there will be a maximum limit he or she will be able allowed to carry with him, furthermore if a person  wishes to bring back gold to the country he/she will only be able to wear a maximum amount of gold. We wont allow gold jewelery which looks untreated or rough to be worn. If an individual does not adhere to the new restrictions the gold will be confiscated by the customs and legal measures will be take on the individual.”

Leslie Gamini also explained the reason as to why such measures were taken.

“The reason behind this is due to the 50 odd Sri Lankans who were arrested in India for wearing gold and we found out that these Sri Lankans departed from the Katunayaka Airport. The Customs Authority and relevant officials met and we discussed as to how we can prevent such incidents from happening again.”

 

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