Sri Lanka Customs is one of the oldest Customs administrations in the world which celebrated its 200 years in 2009. However, there is evidence of the existence of Customs tax collection in Sri Lanka over 2000 years ago at the Godawaya Harbor in Hambanthota.
The present Sri Lanka Customs administration is a Department coming under the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media. The present Minister is Honourable Mangala Samaraweera and the present head of the Department is Mrs. P. S. M. Charles.
The Director General of Customs is assisted by five Additional Director Generals and there are over two thousand employees working for the Department.
To become the best customs service in South Asia
The Sri Lanka Customs is dedicated to enforce revenue and social protection laws of the state while facilitating the trade with the objective of contributing to the national effort and in due recognition thereof
Sri lanka Customs is one of the oldest government departments, established in the year 1806. With the introduction of Customs Ordinance, it developed into a full-pledged state organization mainly responsible for the collection of revenue and the enforcement of law.