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Sri Lanka launches online platform to provide all import, export information


July 20, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Department of Commerce with the help of other government agencies launched a trilingual online platform to facilitate importers and exporters in the country. Sri Lanka Trade information portal (SLTIP) which is the single stop point for all information relating to import and export in Sri Lanka can be accessed through www.srilankatradeportal.gov.lk. Through this portal, traders will be able to get information about all the regulatory requirements they need to fulfill in order to carry out their transactions. This website will assist importers and exporters with finding out what is required by each agency in relation to the specific businesses. The website contains trade information relating to commodities and tariff, products, legal documents, measures, standards, procedures, and forms.
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Trade portal also provides an easy way to look up a commodity by keywords or HS codes, a mandatory classification and declaration of goods coming into or leaving Sri Lanka. "This is the first tangible deliverable of TFA implementation plan in Sri Lanka. With the SLTIP, Sri Lanka complies with Article 1.2 of TFA agreement of WTO," Director General of Commerce Sonali Wijeratne said. "We have identified and analyzed 204 Non Tariff Measures and explained 207 related procedures. We have also identified 252 forms related to Procedures and 269 legal documents which provide detail of the legislative background to the Measures." She added that they have also added over 30 general information pages. This is a total of over 1,000 pages of information which are linked to each other to help users find what they are looking for. World Bank supported Trade Information Portals (TIP) across the world provide information that traders need to import and export goods, including information on permits, laws, and taxes. TIP provides the much-needed transparency which leads to lower trade costs and improved predictability, and it is a key objective of international agreements like the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement. TIP publishes all laws, regulations, and procedures affecting trade while also functioning as inquiry points on trade, repositories of information on trade in services or non-tariff measures. Following are the agencies represented on this website. Sri Lanka Customs Department of Commerce Department of Import and Export Control Department of Foreign Exchange Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department of Forest Conservation Department of Ayurveda Sri Lanka Atomic Energy Regulatory Council Food control administration unit National Gem and Jewellery Authority National Dangerous Drugs Control Board Department of Trade and Investment policy Ministry of Industry and Commerce Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development Department of Inland Revenue Geological Survey and Mines Bureau The Department of Archaeology Central Environmental Authority Department of Rubber Development Department of Agriculture Board of Investment Sri Lanka Standards Institution Sri Lanka Tea Board Sri Lanka Export Development Board Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Sri Lanka National Medicines Regulatory Authority National intellectual property office of Sri Lanka The Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH) SriLankan Cargo The Department of Export Agriculture The Department of Excise Department of wildlife conservation Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) Coconut Development Authority
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