Due to the major strike launched by the Customs on Tuesday evening more than 2,000 import and export freight containers were held up at the Colombo harbor resulting in an estimated loss of Rs. two billion as revenue to the government. All Customs departments and unions took part in the massive strike, which went into its second day yesterday, after a customs officer was allegedly assaulted by an Airport Security Officer.
The strike had also affected the prices of some essential consumer goods such as dhal, onions and sugar as most of the containers were carrying these items.
Work was only carried out at the passenger terminal and the air cargo sections of the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Meanwhile the strike at the Customs had been called off temporarily after senior Customs officials and union leaders met President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana.