Vehicle Importers Association of Sri Lanka (VIASL) urged the government to reconsider the import ban.
Issuing a statement, they said that it has negatively affected the country’s economy. As purchasing a quality vehicle is a dream for most Sri Lankan’s there is a massive supply chain built around it, said VIASL noting vehicle importers provide various employment opportunities. Currently, there are a large number of showrooms and importers in the country who are without a single vehicle in their showrooms and are struggling to survive and to pay their employees. As per the calculation carried out by VIASL, around 100,000 direct and indirect employees will have to be made redundant if the ban is to continue further. This would mean around 350,000-400,000 dependents of these employees would be facing severe financial difficulties threatening survival.