Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka has introduced three hotlines for expatriate workers to obtain information regarding electric vehicle permits given to expatriates who send forex into the country, a statement from the government information department said.
Those eligible can contact Pradabodha Kaggoda Arachchi on +94773 039 034 or +94112368175 or the Senior Assistant Secretary (Control) of the Ministry on +94112582447.
Foreign Employment Minister Manusha Nanayakkara issued a circular on August 31 allowing migrant workers to import an electric vehicle in an attempt to incentivise remitting money through formal channels.
The circular was issued after the cabinet approved a proposal by Minister Nanayakkara to allow migrant workers to import a vehicle up to a maximum value of 65,000 US dollars.
According to the decision, migrant workers who send more than 3,000 dollars and less than 20,000 dollars from May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023, permission will be given to import electric two-wheelers for half the value that will be sent as remittances.
Nanayakkara said threewheelers will not be permitted to import considering the number of threewheelers already in the country.
Those who send more than 20,000 USD within a year may purchase an electric car for the value of the remitted amount up to a maximum of 65,000 dollars.
Applications for obtaining the relevant vehicle import licenses have been published on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment and the website of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE).
Applications should be completed and submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment along with all relevant documents, the statement said. (Colombo/Sep14/2022)