Promotional visit to Queensland Region of Australia under the Economic Diplomacy Programme
The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney in association with Honorary Consul Office in Brisbane organised the Sri Lankan promotional event in Brisbane from 3rd to 5th March 2020.Consul General, Mr. M.H.M.N. Bandara accompanied by Consul (Commercial), Mr. Abdul Raheem visited Brisbane and had series of meetings with Mr. David Phipps, Director/ International Markets of Trade and Investment in Queensland and Ms. Diana Guerguiera, Manager/International Trade of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Queensland and discussed trade, tourism and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka and way forward in connecting the Australian companies in the Queensland region with their Sri Lankan counterparts.
Report on the Business Interactive Session Held with Members of the BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 27 th February at the Sri Lanka High Commission, New Delhi
As per the Mission Action Plan 2020, Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi organized a busines interactive session for the members of the BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry under the theme of “BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN SRI LANKA” , at the High Commission premises on 27th February 2020. The main focus of the business interactive session was to promote Sri Lanka as a potential business and Investment destination and to provide information on opportunities available for the members of the BRICS Chamber of Commerce &Industry to select Sri Lanka as their next investment destination.
Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai hosts “Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Evening and Cultural night” in celebrating 40th anniversary of establishing Diplomatic relations Between Sri Lanka and the UAE
Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the UAE, the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai & Northern Emirates, hosted “Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Evening and Cultural night” at the most sought-after location in Dubai- Armani Hotel housed in Burj Khalifa, in association with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau being the main sponsor of the event.
Trade Talk- Stregnthening Trade and Investmet Partnership 2020
The High Commission of Sri Lanka together with Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) and the Malaysia Sri Lanka Business Chamber (MSLBC) organized a Trade Talk on 25th February at the High Commission premises
Marina Square Highlights Investment Opportunities in Sri Lanka at the Investment Opportunity Forum
Marina Square – Uptown Colombo, Sri Lanka’s first and largest harbor front development project, attracted the attention of outstanding entrepreneurs, representatives of the real estate industry and people of all circles in China at the recently held Sri Lanka Investment Opportunity and Real Estate Investment Forum. Hosted at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in China, the Forum was attended by Dr. Karunasena Kodithuwakku – Sri Lankan Ambassador in China and Mr. Alexi Gunasekara – Minister (Commercial) to China
Sri Lanka participates in the Food Ingredient Europe 2019 in Paris
Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris, jointly with the Department of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has organized the Sri Lanka`s participation in the “Food Ingredient Europe - 2019 exhibition” which was held from 3rd to 5th December 2019 in Paris, France.
Business and Investment Promotion Programme in Kerala by Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai
Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner to Southern India, V.Krishnamoorthy along with Minister (Commercial) Yasantha De Silva undertook an official visit to Kerala from 18-20 December, 2019 with the objective of highlighting the trade and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.
Mega Consumer Tourism Promotion at Sri Lanka Food and Cultural Festival - 2019 in Sydney
Sri Lankan Tourism Consumer Promotional Event which was jointly organised by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), was held at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour from 23rd to 24th November 2019.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Turkey Host Networking Reception to Boost B2B Contact between Sri Lanka –Turkey Travel Agents
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Turkey organized business networking reception for the visiting Sri Lankan travel trade delegation participated at the EXPO Travel Ankara fair 2019 at the Embassy on 14th November 2019.

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“Raising living standards of the people through international trade relations”


“To develop and promote Sri Lanka’s foreign trade relations at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels by the effective implementation of government trade policy, with a view to raising the standards of living and realizing a higher quality of life through the increase of total production, income and employment levels, thereby actively contributing to the overall economic growth of Sri Lanka.”

Instructions to Exporters to complete REX application forms and make


Registered Exporter system (the REX system) is the system of certification of origin of goods that applies in the Generalized System of Preference (GSP) of the European Union since 1st January 2017. It is based on a principle of self-certification by exporters who will make out themselves so-called statements on origin. To be entitled to make out a statement on origin, an exporter needs to be registered in the REX system and to have a valid registration.


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Sri Lanka has agreed to implement the REX system from 01 January 2018. Therefore, the exporters who are willing to register in the REX System are requested to follow the following instruction for completion of the online application for registration.

Complete the Pre-application through ( The submission of application by Sri Lankan companies will be allowed only after 1st of January 2018.


Please note: When the Pre-application (online) is completed, in the space provided for TIN should be completed in entering the TIN number issued to your company by the Department of Island Revenue beginning with letters LK without hyphen.  


Example: if the TIN number is 123456789, the number should be entered as   LK123456789


A hard copy of the completed pre-application has to be submitted to the Department of Commerce together with the original and a copy of TIN Registration and necessary supporting documents in order to ascertain the eligibility of the products that the company will export to the EU under the GSP. (Exporters are advised to contact the department before submitting hard copies of the documents if they need more information about required supporting documents)

  • Supporting documents
    • Updated Cost Statements/Affidavit/Material Sheet (depends on the product)
    • Original Cusdecs and Original Commercial Invoices for Local & imported raw materials together with a set of photocopies
    • Production flow chart etc if necessary
    • Other relevant documents (EUR1, GSP Form A for exports under cumulation) etc. with a set of photocopies

The rules of determining the origin of good in the EU GSP scheme remain unchanged with the application of the REX System.


The exporters who complete online applications will not become a registered exporter until the Department of Commerce activate the registration of the exporter under the REX after scrutinizing the details and information provided by the exporter and verifying the eligibility of the products for the EU GSP facility that the exporters make self-statements on origin.


A SoO shall be made out for each consignment and will be valid for 12 months from the date on which it is made out.


Exporters should maintain records of shipment for which they make self-certifications at least for 3 years, in case if the Department as the monitoring body receive self-certification made by the exporters for post verification, to reply the EU authorities.


Exporters should submit shipment data to DoC as per given format within two weeks from the on-board date (can be sent the soft copy in excel form through e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Exporters have 12 months period of time from 1st January, 2018 to become a registered exporter under the REX system. Until 31 December 2018, the Department of Commerce continue to issue certificates of origin Form A at the request of exporters who have not yet been registered in the REX system.


If a registered exporter wishes to make any changes, amendments etc. to the registration, such alterations are allowed only through the Department of Commerce in making a written request. All changes are subject to prior- approval from the Department of Commerce.  


However, unregistered exporters are allowed to make out statements on origin without a REX number for consignments of originating goods having a value which is below 6 000 EUR.


Exporters who need to familiarize on REX system, can follow E-learning through the link. customs-taxation-elearning-courses_en


Contact for more information and clarifications.


Name Designation Telephone E-mail
Ms. Samodhi Perera Assistant Director of Commerce +94 112 329 733 [ext 234] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. Mekhala Abeykoon Assistant Director of Commerce +94 112 329 733 [ext 234] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. Gaya Senaratne Assistant Director of Commerce +94 112 329 733 [ext 230] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. Heshani Kaushalya Assistant Director of Commerce +94 112 329 733 [ext 201] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. R.G.S. Swarnakanthi Commercial Research Officer +94 112 329 733 [ext 211] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ms. Revatee Pushparajah Commercial Research Officer +94 112 329 733 [ext 220] This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The central pillar of the multilateral rule-based trading system enshrined in the GATT/WTO is the acceptance and operation of the Most Favoured Nation principle. This means that every member of GATT/WTO should invariably accord the same, identical, equal and non-discriminatory treatment to all imports irrespective of the countries of origin.

However, the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is an officially agreed exception to the MFN principle which was proposed at the first meeting of the United Nation Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) with a view to assisting the developing countries in their exports and development efforts. In 1964, the First United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) started to look into ways and means of granting special trade preferences to developing countries.

Main objectives of granting trade preferences to developing countries were:

  • To enhance export earnings of developing countries
  • To promote industrialization, and
  • To encourage the diversification of their economies.

In 1968, UNCTAD recommended the creation of a "Generalized System of Tariff Preferences" under which industrialized countries would grant autonomous trade preferences to all developing countries.

In order to implement the system a waiver was required from Article 1 of the GATT which prohibits discrimination. This waiver was granted in 1971 by adopting the "enabling clause" of the GATT to create the legal framework for the "Generalized System of Tariff Preferences" (GSP). Under this framework developed countries were authorized to establish individual Generalized Schemes of Tariff Preferences.

The enabling clause was adopted originally for ten years, and renewed in 1979, for an indefinite period of time thereafter.


The European Community was the First to implement their GSP scheme in 1971.

Until 1995 the main features of the EC GSP Scheme were quotas and ceiling for individual countries and products. Since 1995, EU's GSP did away with any quantitative limitations.

The current EU's GSP scheme entered into force from 01/01/2014 and will last until the end of 2023.

Product coverage

The general arrangement covers over 6200 tariff lines out of a total of approximately 7100 tariff lines with non-zero tariffs. Roughly 2300 lines are not covered by the scheme as standard tariffs (so-called “most favoured nation” or MFN) are already at 0.

Depth of Tariff Cuts

Tariff preferences offered by the current GSP scheme differ according to the sensitivity of the products concerned.

non-sensitive products enjoy duty-free access to the European Union market, while sensitive products benefit from tariff reductions.

The current GSP rate for sensitive products is calculated by applying one of following reductions:

  • A flat rate reduction of 3.5 percentage points to the most-favoured-nation duty (applicable to the ad valorem duties).
  • A 30 per cent reduction in the most-favoured-nation duty where only specific duties apply;
  • A flat rate reduction of 3.5 percentage points applicable to the ad valorem duties only, where duties are composed of both ad valorem and specific duties.

Limited exceptions apply to textiles and clothing, the most-favoured-nation duties for which shall be reduced by 20 per cent.

With respect to agricultural products listed in HS chapters 1–24, wherever customs duties comprise an ad valorem duty and one or more specific duties, the preferential reduction is limited to the ad valorem duty.

Where the customs duties specify a maximum duty, that maximum duty shall not be reduced. Conversely, where the customs duties specify a minimum duty, that minimum duty shall not apply.

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