Local confectioners hail cess on imported candy
The country needs to specify national standards when importing
chocolates, biscuits and other confectioneries to the country, President
of the Lanka Confectionery Manufacturer’s Association (LCMA) Quintus
The Government has taken the initiative to increase the import cess
on chocolates, biscuits and sweets by 50 per cent through the 2009
“This is a positive move for the local industry and we have been
lobbying for this initiative”, he said. Perera said they were expecting
a different method of calculating cess imposed on these items.
“However we are happy about the necessary steps taken by the
Government through the 2009 budget”, he said.
With the recent melamine issue, the country has now focused on raw
material imports to the country which are being used for manufacturing
finished products such as chocolates, biscuits and other products.
“Not only the raw materials imported to the country, we needs to
focus on the contents of the finished products that are being imported.
Countries like USA have specified national standards when importing
finished products to USA.
They have specified standard amounts of ingredients that needs to be
contained in those imported food items. Sri Lanka too need to specify
national standards for these imported chocolates, biscuits and other
finished products, he said.
Group Managing Director of Ceylon Biscuits Limited Lakshman de Silva
said the imposition of this cess on imported chocolates, biscuits and
sweets is a good initiative.