Export Market Guide - Sri Lanka

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All regulatory information for exporting wine to Sri Lanka including the regulatory environment, duties and taxes, and permitted additives.

From 1983 until 2009 Sri Lanka was engaged in a serious civil conflict between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The country has enjoyed strong economic growth following the 26- year-long internal conflict with annual growth between 6 – 8 per cent seen in each of the years since.

The government has embarked on an ambitious program of economic development projects and large-scale reconstruction in disadvantaged areas in an effort to spur the economy. The economy has grown from a largely agricultural base to increasingly service oriented while its garment manufacturing sector continues to expand.

Sri Lanka was a founding member of the World Trade Organisation and is a member of the British Commonwealth.

Regulatory environment

The Food Act No.26 of 1980 is the principal food law in Sri Lanka and is supported by a number of regulations including the Food (Labelling and Advertising) Regulations 2005 and the Food (Additives - General) Regulations 2019 which are administered by the Food Advisory Committee- Food Control Administration Unit (FCAU) of the Ministry of Health. 

The National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act No.27 of 2006 is administered by the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol. The Import and Export Control Act No.1 of 1969 is administered by the Department of Imports and Exports Control and the Customs Ordinance and Regulations is administered by Sri Lanka Customs. The Excise Department of Sri Lanka regulates alcoholic beverages production and distribution within the country. It is responsible for regulating imports of alcoholic beverages.


Import procedures for the Sri Lankan market

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Duties and taxes for the Sri Lankan market

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Labelling requirements for the Sri Lankan market

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Wine standards for the Sri Lankan market

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This content is restricted to wine exporters and levy-payers. Some reports are available for purchase to non-levy payers/exporters.