The government says it is hopeful that it will be able to release the containers held at the Colombo Port with essential food items, within the next two days.
Speaking during the weekly Cabinet decisions media briefing, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said the government does not want to witness the creation of an era in which people have to stand in queues to collect rations.
Minister Alahapperuma said the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka yesterday announced that 50 million dollars were released to unload goods from containers, for persons who were unable to pay the necessary amount to foreign companies.
The Minister added apart from goods that were imported illegally and seized by the Customs, he believes all other goods will be unloaded over the next two days.
Minister Alahapperuma said therefore he believes a favourable solution will arise over the next few days.
He noted separate discussions are being held between the Ministry of Finance and representatives of milk powder companies, to ensure a similar situation does not arise in future.