Customs tightens rules for items brought through Katunayake after encountering gold consignments

Customs officials arrested a Sri Lankan married couple who were illegally bringing a stock of jewellery worth around one crore and twenty lakh rupees to Sri Lanka yesterday evening (9) at the arrival terminal of Katunayake Airport.

The 35-year-old married couple, residents of Wellampitiya, had arrived at Katunayake Airport from Muscat, Oman.

It is reported that this stock of jewellery was hidden between the clothes they were wearing.

Following this incident, passengers are requested to avoid bringing prohibited and restricted items in their luggage.

The Director General of Customs issued a statement and said that action will be taken against the passengers who bring such goods despite the customs instructions as per the provisions of the Customs Ordinance and the Import and Export Control Act.

According to the report, a couple who were illegally bringing 50,000 foreign cigarettes worth 40 lakh rupees into Sri Lanka was arrested by the customs today at the Katunayake airport. In the notice issued by the Director General of Customs, it was also informed that such goods brought through the airport or through various institutions that import goods will be confiscated and fined.