With the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers,   negotiation of  FTA with Thailand was commenced in 2018. Since initiation , nine rounds of extensive negotiations between the two countries were held on 14 Chapters & relevant Annexes of the agreement. The Sri Lanka Thailand Free Trade Agreement (SLTFTA) is comprehensive in scope and covers areas on Trade in Goods, Rules of Origin, Sanitary and PhytoSanitory Measures, Technical Barriers to Trade , Trade Remedies, Trade in Services, Investment, Customs Procedure and Trade Facilitation , Economic Cooperation, Intellectual Property, Initial Provisions, Institutional and Final Provisions, Transparency and Dispute Settlement. 

·    Subsequent to the approval of the  Cabinet of Ministers, the SLTFTA was signed on the 3rd February 2024, in Sri Lanka.



Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) Webinar Series

The UK Government launched the DCTS on 19th June 2023. The DCTS is the UK’s new unilateral preference scheme and liberalises trade with 65 developing countries. It offers simpler and more generous trading terms and aims to boost trade with partner countries.

We have put together a series of webinars to support businesses to export to the UK under the scheme. All sessions will include a Q&A section. Please feel free to forward these links to relevant business and policy groups. More information on the scheme can be found at Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) - GOV.UK (


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Customs for the DCTS
This event will focus on the customs process for using the DCTS including Form A and origin certificates.
Steve Lamprell, Senior Lead - Rules of Origin & Agricultural Policy and Sadia Shakeel, Head of Rules of Origin & Agricultural Policy
10-11am, GMT
DCTS - Agriculture
Join our agricultural counsellor based In Nairobi who will discuss how to approach trade standards when exporting agricultural products to the UK
Rebecca Schneider, Agriculture, Food & Drink Attaché for Africa, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
12-1pm, GMT
UK Market Opportunities and trends in Home and Gifts
A representative from Hyve group will discuss market opportunities in the UK and market trends in Home and Gifts based on 2023 data.
Suzanne Ellingham, Source Director – Hyve Group plc
10-11am, GMT
DCTS Guidance teach in
Learn more about the DCTS, how to use our 7 digital guides, the online tariff tool and more
Rupert Casson, Trade Policy Advisor, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office
10-11am, GMT
Introduction to UK Trade Standards
Join representatives from the British Standards Institute (BSI) to learn about how to approach UK trade standards.
Peter Sissons, BSI International Engagement Director

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