Customs strike cripples businesses in Sri Lankas capital

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Food importers and wholesalers have shut their shops in Sri Lanka’s capital to demand the government resolve a “work to rule” action by custom officials at the island nation’s main seaport.The Essential Food Commodities Importers and Traders Association said Tuesday it is suffering huge losses because of the trade union action by the customs officers, which has slowed the flow of goods through the port.Customs officers began the “work to rule” campaign on Jan. 30 to protest the government’s decision to replace the head of the Customs Department with a retired naval officer without customs experience. Their union says the appointment was political and that they will continue their action until the government reinstates the former chief.The Associated Press

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