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)
The Department of Export Agriculture
The Department of Excise
Department of wildlife conservation
Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)
Coconut Development Authority