While stressing that HFZ had no connection to the 102 containers lying at the Port of Colombo, Hayleys Advantis Limited Managing Director Ruwan Waidyaratne said out of the 130 container loads of used mattresses
currently stored at HFZ yard premises, the company had processed and re-exported 29 containers up to now.
Addressing a news briefing, he said with regard to the 130 container loads of used mattresses, the company clarified that these mattresses were imported by Ceylon Metal Processing Corporation (Pvt) Limited which was the actual owner of the cargo.
“Hayleys Free Zone is a legal entity established under the Commercial Hub Regulation Act No.1 of 2013 and operates as an offshore location to provide logistics services to global clients, predominantly with the aim of offering storage and value added services for re-export as done in other free zones across the globe,” he said.
The company further said the cargo in question was accepted to the HFZ yard after scrutinising the documents which stated that the 130 containers were non-hazardous cargo.
The company also stated that it would work closely with the Central Environment Authority (CEA) to ensure the mattresses lying at the HFZ yard did not pose any risk to the environment.
Meanwhile, it is suspected that the organized media propaganda campaign regarding this incident was launched due to a new partnership between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Dhammika Perera, the co-chairman of the parent company of HFZ.
It was rumored earlier that Wickremesinghe was preparing to field Dhammika Perera as the common candidate at the next presidential election.