Guide to Sending Parcels to Sri Lanka

Since antiquity, Sri Lanka has had a variety of names - Tambapanni, Sarandib, Ceylon, but 'Pearl of the Indian Ocean' best describes its beauty and magic. Its verdant hills are home to elephants and leopards, and the world's cleanest tea: Ceylon,for its low pesticides levels.

Because of Sri Lanka's harbours and position on the maritime Silk Route, trade has been important to this island nation for millennia. So, it is not surprising in this era of e-commerce, that Sri Lanka has exhibited a notable increase of B2C activity recently. And with the forecast for a 14% annual growth rate of revenues stretching to 2025, isn't it time to trade for some Ceylon tea?

Information for this page was taken from Sri Lanka Customs and the Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal.

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Oct 8, 2022
8:49 am
Pita Kotte, PI, LK
Delivered
Oct 7, 2022
7:18 am
Jaffna, JA, LK
In transit
Oct 6, 2022
9:03 pm
Moratuwa, MO, LK
International Clearance
Oct 6, 2022
8:14 am
Colombo, CO, LK
In transit
Oct 6, 2022
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Oct 5, 2022
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Sri Lanka before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Sri Lanka

Documents Only

Sri Lanka customs allows the following items entry to the country as a document shipment:

  • Annual reports
  • Blueprints and drawings (includes sepia drawings)
  • Cash letters, negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Cheques and credit cards
  • Computer print-outs
  • Graphs
  • Intercompany mail
  • Magazines
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps and charts
  • Price lists
  • Proposals and bids
  • Seismic data
  • Slides
  • Specifications sheets
  • Traveller's cheques
  • Visa applications

The following are considered documents, and allowed duty-free entry to Sri Lanka from Canada, provided each abides by the criterion shown below:

Document Type Restriction
Advertising literature May be censored by customs authorities
Airline tickets Maximum of 20 blank tickets allowed
Books Maximum of 5 books per shipment
Business cards No more than 50 cards per shipment
Brochures, business cards, and pamphlets A maximum of 20 pieces in a shipment
Manuals Only if they are of a technical nature
Newsletters May only be for intercompany use
Passports Must have approval from the authorities of Immigration and Emigration
Periodicals No more than 20 per shipment

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_ES

Shipping Gifts to Sri Lanka

Shipping Gifts

A gift of a personal nature shipped to Sri Lanka from Canada is allowed entry exempt from duty if its value is 15,000 Rs or less (about $95 CAD); gifts of 10,000 Rs or less ($60 CAD) are exempt from VAT.

NOTE:
Gifts must be shipped in reasonable quantities. If a shipment of gifts is deemed to be too large, customs will declare the goods a commercial shipment.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment from an individual in Canada to an individual in Sri Lanka will be exempt from duty and taxes as follows:

  • If its value is 15,000 Rs or less (about $95 CAD), then no duty
  • If its value is 10,000 Rs or less (about $60 CAD), then no VAT

Shipments from Business-to-Business

A gift shipped from a business in Canada to a business in Sri Lanka will incur duty and taxes regardless of its value.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

If a business in Canada ships a gift to an individual in Sri Lanka, it will incur duty and taxes. There are no exceptions.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Miguel ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Sri Lanka City
01001
Sri Lanka

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If there are multiple gifts in one shipment, be advised that the quantity must be reasonable; otherwise, customs officials may consider it a commercial transaction, and duty and taxes will therefore be charged.

Provided the value of the shipment is 10,000 Rs or less (about $60 CAD), it will be exempt from VAT; and if it is 15,000 Rs or less (about $95 CAD), no duty will be incurred.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Sri Lanka City
01001
Sri Lanka

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.lk/personal/online-buyers/

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Sri Lanka

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects shipped to Sri Lanka will be exempt from duty provided:

  • They are for the use of the individual and/or his or her family
  • The amount of goods in total, or of any particular item, is clearly for household use only and cannot be construed as a consumer quantity
  • The shipment arrives from 30 days before to 90 days after the arrival of the owner

Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information available at this time concerning students moving to Sri Lanka with their personal effects to study.

Non-students

Non-students who move temporarily to Sri Lanka may ship their personal effects (also referred to unaccompanied personal baggage) exempt from duty charges. Restrictions on the shipment include:

  • The goods are not for exchange or sale
  • They are in an amount suitable to the size of the household (i.e. not a commercial quantity)
  • Will not be given to someone as a gift

Moving Permanently

Lankan citizens may ship their personal effects into Sri Lanka exempt from duty charges provided:

  • They are imported strictly for the use of the individual and/or his or her family
  • The amount of goods is clearly for the household only, and is not in a commercial quantity
  • The shipment arrives no more than 30 days before and 90 days after the arrival of the owner of the goods

Personal Effects Checklist
  • They are imported strictly for the use of the individual and/or his or her family
  • The amount of goods is clearly for the household only, and is not in a commercial quantity
  • The shipment arrives no more than 30 days before and 90 days after the arrival of the owner of the goods

Sources:
https://srilankatradeportal.gov.lk/index.php?r=site/display&id=5%5BUnder
https://www.customs.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/LISTOFGOODS.pdf
https://www.customs.gov.lk/personal/travellers/

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Sri Lanka City
01001
Sri Lanka

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Sri Lanka

Food, Chocolate, Candies

There is limited information available concerning what may or may not be shipped to Sri Lanka.

You May Ship

  • Candy
  • Chocolate

Do Not Ship

  • Honey
  • Coffee, tea, and maté
  • Spices
  • Dairy products
  • Meat products

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.upu.int/UPU/media/upu/files/postalSolutions/programmesAndServices/postalSupplyChain/customs/prohibitedArticles/ListOfProhibitedArticles.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Miguel ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Sri Lanka City
01001
Sri Lanka

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Sri Lanka

Samples

Commercial samples sent to Sri Lanka for business purposes may enter the country duty and tax free up to the following limits:

  • If its value is 10,000 Rs or less (about $60 CAD), then it will be exempt from VAT
  • If its value is 50,000 Rs or less (about $310 CAD), then it will be exempt from duty
  • The item is marked as a sample
  • The time limit for re-exportation from Sri Lanka is 6 months

NOTE:
The sample should be shipped to a registered company in Sri Lanka.


Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample

Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.lk/personal/online-buyers/
https://www.customs.gov.lk/business/importing-goods/

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Sri Lanka City
01001
Sri Lanka

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Sri Lanka

Advertising Material

Advertising material may be shipped to Sri Lanka as a temporary import exempt from duty charges if it leaves the country within 6 months of its entry.

Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://gic.gov.lk/gic/index.php/en/component/info/?id=2277&task=info

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Sri Lanka City
01001
Sri Lanka

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in Sri Lanka

Repairs

Equipment shipped to Sri Lanka for repair may enter the country as a temporary import. A refundable bank guarantee will be required to cover any importation duties.

Items Under Warranty

No GST will be charged for equipment and items under warranty that are repaired in Sri Lanka and returned to Canada.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

An item that is no longer under warranty and returns to Canada from Sri Lanka will be charged GST. The GST will be charged on the value of the repair and on any parts required for the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Sri Lanka

If you ship a piece of equipment to Sri Lanka for repair, it may enter the country exempt from duty because it is a temporary import; however, a guarantee deposit will be required to cover the duty charges.

Returning Repaired Product to Sri Lanka

Equipment that has been sent to Canada from Sri Lanka for repair may re-enter Sri Lanka exempt from duty payments.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Sri Lanka or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://srilankatradeportal.gov.lk/?r=site/display&id=889
https://investsrilanka.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/investor_services_brochure_new.pdf
https://www.customs.gov.lk/about-us/directorates-and-divisions/exports-directorate/

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Sri Lanka City
01001
Sri Lanka

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Sri Lanka

Temporary Imports

Goods and equipment of a temporary nature may enter Sri Lanka if accompanied by a bank guarantee that covers the import duties. Items should leave the country within 6 months of their entry.

Items that are allowed temporary entry to the country include:

  • Commercial samples and advertising materials
  • Professional equipment
  • Machinery and similar goods for display at fairs, exhibitions, or meetings
  • Teaching materials

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Sri Lanka, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a Commercial Invoice (CI). More details below.

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to the 2 options listed above, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, allowing for normal wear-and-tear; maintenance and minor repairs are allowed under certain conditions
  • If an ATA Carnet is used, the goods may stay no longer than 1 year in Sri Lanka

Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://srilankatradeportal.gov.lk/?r=site/display&id=889
https://www.customs.gov.lk/about-us/directorates-and-divisions/industries-services-directorate/temporary-admission/

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Sri Lanka City
01001
Sri Lanka

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Sri Lanka

Permanent/Sold Goods

All sold goods will incur duty and VAT when they enter Sri Lanka with the exception of shipments for personal use of the recipient and if the value:

  • Is 10,000 Rs or less (about $60 CAD) to be VAT free
  • Is 15,000 Rs or less (about $95 CAD) to be duty-free

Occasional Shipper

If you are an occasional shipper of sold goods, for example via eBay, the items will be exempt from VAT if their value is 10,000 Rs or less (about $60 CAD); and exempt from duty if their value is 15,000 Rs or less (about $95 CAD).

Regular shipper

Enterprises that regularly ship sold goods to Sri Lanka should consult a licenced customs broker in Sri Lanka.


Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.lk/personal/online-buyers/
https://www.customs.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Expedited-Shipments-PDF.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Sri Lanka City
01001
Sri Lanka

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 5 Oct 2022
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels). These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Sri Lanka. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Sri Lanka, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See Temporary import section
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Prohibited goods may not enter Sri Lanka while those deemed restricted are allowed entry to the country, but they may have limits to quantities or must abide by other rules.

Prohibited Items

  • Psychotropic substances
    and narcotics
  • Chemicals and drugs that are precursors to other prohibited substances
  • Gold jewellery, coins, and bullion
  • Coffee, tea, and maté
  • Spices
  • Books and articles considered to be obscene or will offend religious beliefs

Restricted Items

  • Medications
  • Fabrics

Sources:
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/TPR/S347R1.pdf&Open=True
https://www.upu.int/UPU/media/upu/files/postalSolutions/programmesAndServices/postalSupplyChain/customs/prohibitedArticles/ListOfProhibitedArticles.pdf
https://www.customs.gov.lk/personal/travellers/
https://nmra.gov.lk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=119&Itemid=248&lang=en

Duty & Taxes

Sri Lanka calculates the duty and taxes owed on a shipment using the CIF method, i.e. the sum of the customs value plus insurance amount plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

The calculation of the CIF value will allow you to predict the amount of duty and taxes the recipient of a shipment will be charged.


Thresholds

The threshold (also known as the de minimis value) on shipments is the amount below which no duty or taxes are incurred.

For goods entering Sri Lanka, the thresholds are as follows:

Commercial samples Personal items (incl. gifts)
Duties threshold 50,000 Rs (about $310 CAD) 15,000 Rs (about $95 CAD)
VAT threshold 10,000 Rs (about $60 CAD) 10,000 Rs (about $60 CAD)

Currency Sri Lankan rupees LKR
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) LKR 50,000* (samples)
LKR 15,000** (personal items, including gifts)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 8%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
LKR 10,000*** (samples and personal items, incl. gifts)
Tax Calculation Method CIF
  • *about $310 CAD
  • **about $95 CAD
  • ***about $60 CAD

Duties on Imports


Excise Duties

Sri Lanka customs impose excise duties as well as additional taxes such as CESS on a wide range of products. Some of those taxes include:

  • Cigars, cigarillos, and cheroots: Excise 8,000 Rs/ kg (about $50 CAD); CESS 6,000 Rs/ kg (about $35 CAD)
  • Cigarettes: Excise 11,600 Rs/ (about $70 CAD)
  • Spirits: CESS 70%
  • Soft drinks and energy drinks: Excise 12 Rs/L (about 7¢ CAD)

  • Candy15% or Rs.33 per kg
  • Chocolate15% or Rs.40 per kg
  • Spirits and winesRs 2,750/L (spirits) Rs 440/L (wine)
  • Tobacco*Rs 2,000/kg**15%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video games & consoles15%
  • Computers & laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty products & cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & pants0%
  • Home appliances15%
  • Toys15%
  • Sports equipment0%

*On cigars, cheroots, and cigarillos (about $12 CAD/kg)

**On cigarettes


Sources:
https://www.customs.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/ScheduleE-1.pdf
https://www.macmap.org/
https://www.customs.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Expedited-Shipments-PDF.pdf
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/sri-lanka/corporate/other-taxes
https://www.customs.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/CESS-Schedule.pdf
https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/SS/directdoc.aspx?filename=q:/WT/TPR/S347R1.pdf&Open=True
https://www.customs.gov.lk/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/77.Excise%20Duty%202019.03.05.pdf
https://taxsummaries.pwc.com/sri-lanka/corporate/other-taxes

Sri Lanka Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Televisions
  • Jewellery in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Sri Lanka



Can I ship to Sri Lanka?

Shipping to Sri Lanka from Canada can take between 3-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to Sri Lanka by getting a quote now.


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