The import and export container vehicles are facing a major crisis due to the shortage of auto diesel, revealed Chairman of the All Ceylon Container Vehicle Owners Association Sanath Manjula, speaking to media.
The shortage has affected the export container arrivals in particular, he emphasised. Over 60 per cent of the country’s dollar income comes from exports, he reminded, warning that in the backdrop the transport sector could be brought to a complete standstill by tomorrow.
Despite the discussions held with the previous authorities regarding the crisis, no proper solution was provided, Manjula went on, adding that discussions were also held with the current Prime Minister.
The Union requested that five filling stations belonging to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) in Colombo city and one filling station belonging to the Sri Lanka Navy be allowed to fully facilitate these vehicles for refueling, as a solution to the crisis.
Manjula also noted that despite a large number of products in the investment zones being completed, they could not be transported due to the fuel crisis, warning that in the backdrop, there could be a risk of these product quotas being delivered to a different country.