The Sri Lanka Customs has netted 1.5 billion rupees in revenue during the last year (2010).
According to Customs sources, over 100 raids have been carried out throughout the year at the departure and arrival terminals of the airport. Of this 62 have been major detections. The revenue thus collected – Rs. 1,525,815,061 - were from 62 detections, fines and confiscations at the arrivals and departure areas of the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Among the incidents were 20 attempts to take out undeclared foreign currency – mostly Euros and US Dollars – out of the country, which resulted in fines and confiscation worth Rs. 312 million. Fifteen cases of gold being smuggled out, revenue value being Rs. 109 million, six cases of drugs smuggling netting a revenue of some Rs. 1.05 billion (Rs. 1,057,335,000) and eight attempts of smuggling precious stones netting a revenue of Rs. 14 million.
Apart from these, four attempts at bringing in dangerous drugs to the island netted a revenue of Rs. 2 million and six cases of smuggling in mobile phones generated a revenue of Rs. 23 million.
Three cases of attempted smuggling of gold jewellery to the island also netted in a revenue of Rs. 6 million, according to the Airport Customs chief.
The other attempts were the smuggling of indigenous herbs and medicines, tusks, animal skins, plants, genes, antiques etc. These detections were made due to the vigilance and on information received by the Customs Intelligence Unit.