Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has issued directives to promptly release containers held up at the Colombo Port.
Shipping agents informed the Minister that 800 containers are at the Colombo Port owing to Customs inspections.
It has been revealed that the 800 containers are occupying a large area at the Port.
Minister de Silva said certain containers have been at the port for more than 10 years.
Speaking at a discussion today, the Minister said the Ports Authority must be digitised while officials also highlighted its need, adding that he advised officials to promptly commence the process.
Minister de Silva also highlighted that a number of issues have arisen owing to the dollar shortage.
He stated that shipping agents are due to settle USD 70 million to shipping company owners, adding that agents informed that the delay in making payments will lead to a drop in ships docking in Sri Lanka.
Minister de Silva stated that discussions will be held with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to obtain concessions in this regard.
The Minister also stated that all possible measures will be taken to boost efficiency at the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.