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    May 29, 2020

    Webinar 04: PROFITS OR VALUES - A discussion on inculcating the right culture and enhancing the sprint of doing business

    A discussion on inculcating the right culture and enhancing the sprint of doing business. Join us to explore how profits alone will not make a company prosper.

    Time: 04th June 2020 From 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM

    Register Now : https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DpKyG3ImQ4upW1amiPMNTQ

    Registrations are on a first come first serve basis. In case the registrations exceed, you can follow the webinar on EDB official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sledb/posts/10158508472519948

    If you have any questions on the event, kindly contact
    Mr. Chalana Amarasinghe (071-6668558/ [email protected])
    Ms. Helmalie Vitharana (077-7242992/ [email protected])

    View the eFlyer - English


    May 28, 2020

    Importation of Temporary Suspended Essential Raw Materials for Production of Goods for Urgent Credible Confirmed Export Orders

    Dear Exporters

    Reference the Gazette Extraordinary Notifications No 2176/19 dated May 22- 2020 published to amend the regulations stipulated under the Gazette Extraordinary Notifications No 2171/5 dated April 16 - 2020.

    A deviation is granted for effective period of the Gazette Extraordinary Notifications No 2171/5 dated April 16, 2020 for schedule I and II in terms of regulation no.6 and therefore, regulations of that gazette shall be effective for shipments made (on board date) from 18.04.2020. However, regulation of the Gazette Extraordinary, Notifications No 2176/19 dated May 22, 2020 shall be effective from 22nd of May 2020 as per regulation No.02 of the Gazette.

    The exporters are kindly requested to follow the regulations stipulated in the Gazette Extraordinary Notifications No 2176/19 dated May 22- 2020 in importing essential raw materials for production of value-added products for urgent credible confirmed export orders.

    Gazette Extraordinary Notifications No 2176/19 dated May 22- 2020 (Sinhala)

    Operating Instructions issued by the Controller General, Department of Export and Import Control

    You may contact following EDB officer for any issue to be taken up at the relevant authorities;
    Dr. Sanjewa Rathnasekera, Assistant Director / Policy & Strategic Planning  – 071 8477760
    Ms. Chathuri Pasqual, Assistant Director / Market Development – 077 3124480
    Ms. Chathuri Pathmaperuma, EPO / Trade Facilitation & Trade Information – 077 8281052
    Mr. Anura Wickramasekara, Deputy Director / Business Support Unit – 071 4056499
    Mr. Indrakeerthi SRP, Director Trade Facilitation – 071 4406119
    Emails: [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]

    As this situation evolves, we will do our best to support you.
    CHAIRMAN
    SRI LANKA EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BOARD


    May 22, 2020

    Webinar 03 : THE WORLD HAS CHANGED HAVE WE? - Is Sri Lanka missing the opportunities in a post Covid world? An Agri-Prenuer’s Prospective.

    Discussion points

    1. The pre and post pandemic environment.
    2. A nations assets and optimizing their use Wisely
    3. Culturing a sustainable and comparative destination brand

    View the webinar on EDB official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sledb/posts/10158484078354948


    May 21, 2020

    Webinar 02 : THE SPORT OF BUSINESS - Lessons from the world of sports that can be applied to organisations

    View the webinar on EDB official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sledb/posts/10158458724309948


    May 18, 2020

    Trade Watch - Updates & Guidelines on Covid-19

    The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has developed a special section dedicated to COVID-19 business response on our website to update the private sector on important trade updates and guidelines related to COVID-19.

    To access documents and updates of relevance for businesses visit: https://chamber.lk

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    May 14, 2020

    Webinar 01: GLOBAL BRAND DOMINANCE - Leveraging Branding for Long Standing Growth

    Today, brands have become even more important than the products they represent: their stories travel with lightning speed through social media and the Internet and across countries and diverse cultures. Strong brands are more than globally recognizable; they are critical assets that can make a potentially significant contribution to your company's bottom line.

    View the webinar on EDB official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sledb/videos/1615002328648147/


    April 21, 2020

    Guideline for Paperless Process to Be Followed by Exporters When Clearing Raw Materials (Which are not Liable for any Customs Taxes) Imported by BOI Exporters E.E.F. 20th April 2020

    All BOI Approved Exporters and Customs House Agents (CHA) are hereby instructed to follow the following paperless process for clearance of imported raw materials by BOI exporters, with effect from 20th April 2020.
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    April 20, 2020

    Sri Lanka Customs Announcement (Updated on 18.04.2020)

    Sri Lanka Customs has decided to start the operations for the clearance of all import and export cargo while adhering to the government policy to maintain social distancing during the COVID 19 epidemic.
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    April 19, 2020

    Operational Guidelines on Preparedness and Response for Covid-19 Outbreak for Work Settings

    Interim Guidance Issue by Directorate of Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Food Safety, Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services
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    Sri Lanka Customs Announcement to Importers and Custom House Agents

    The Process to be followed at the Customs CBHQ1 Office (Long Room) when Clearing Import Cargo during the COVID-19 Outbreak
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    April 16, 2020

    Inland Revenue Department Notice - Requirement of Tax Clearance Certificates for Outward Remittances

    Notice to the Commercial Banks & Authorized Dealers Engaged in Outward Remittances and the Persons who make Outward Remittances for Requirement of Tax Clearance Certificates for Outward Remittances.
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    April 15, 2020

    Notice to Exporters - Outcome of SAARC Trade Official Meeting on April 8, 2020

    Notice on the decisions of the SAARC Trade Officials meeting which was held on April 8, 2020 via video conference, to discuss ways and means to facilitate intra-regional trade in the prevailing situation.
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    April 08, 2020

    New Circular to Issue Curfew Passes

    Issuing new curfew passes will be carried out in four categories by the Police Headquarters, offices of Senior DIGs in-charge of each province, divisional Superintendents of Police (SPs) and police stations in order to reduce unnecessary queuing-up at Police stations
    Curfew Pass Issue Instruction Circular - English
    Curfew Pass Issue Instruction Circular - Sinhala


    April 06, 2020

    Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture - Announcement (Tea Sector)

    Letter from Secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture on Request to Supply Essential Services required for the Continuation of Tea Sector
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    Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture - Announcement (Rubber Sector)

    Letter from Secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture on Request to Supply Essential Services required for the Continuation of Rubber Sector
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    Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture - Announcement (Coconut Sector)

    Letter from Secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture on Request to Supply Essential Services required for the Continuation of Coconut Sector
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    Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture - Announcement (Continuation of Activities of Estates Managed by Regional Plantation Companies)

    Letter from Secretary, Ministry of Plantation Industries and Export Agriculture on Request to Supply Essential Services required for the Continuation of Activities of Estates Managed by Regional Plantation Companies
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    April 01, 2020

    Urgent Notice to All Exporters by Department of Commerce – Change in Operational Days

    Please be advised that due to the prevailing situation, the Department of Commerce regrets to inform that it will be compelled to reduce its operating hours as follows, from Monday, April 06, 2020:

    Monday               9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
    Wednesday        9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
    Friday                   9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

    Please read the below notice for details, before you visit the DOC for the above services.
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    March 28, 2020

    Sri Lanka Custom Announcement (Updated on 27.03.2020)

    Sri Lanka Customs has made arrangements to provide services to the importers, exporters and other agencies under the prevailing situation of the country due to COVID 19 pandemic. The following arrangements are applicable for both sea cargo and air cargo processes.
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    Rupees 50 billion, six-month re-financing facility to support covid-19 hit businesses including self-employment and individuals - Circular issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

    The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to set up the above Re-financing Facility in order to implement the decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers on 20.03.2020 to introduce a wide range of fiscal and financial concessions for COVID-19 hit business activities including self-employment businesses and individuals.
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    March 27, 2020

    Export Certificates - Health Certificates and Catch Certificates (Fish) for European Union

    Due to the world wide COVID-19 crisis, it has become difficult to receive original health certificates and catch certificates (fish) in the border control posts in the EU. Because of the restrictions and cancelled flights, couriers like DHL and TNT have problems to send documents by airplane to Europe. Importers have contacted the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) with the question if it could be possible to accept copies of health certificates during controls at the border. The suggestion is that apart from the option that the TRACES system can be used by third countries to issue export certificates, the NVWA gives the Competent Authority in the third country the opportunity to send the certificate as a scanned Pdf-file directly by email to the NVWA. This will be in line with Letter SANTE.DDG2.G/BVG from the European Commission. The email to which the certificates have to be sent, is: [email protected]
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    March 25, 2020

    Measures to Alleviate Pressure on Exchange Rate - Import and Export Control Department

    Due to the prevailing situation of COVID-l9 outbreak, this Department executes an implementation to control on Non-essential import goods in order to alleviate the pressure on exchange rate and the stress on financial markets.

    Thereby, Sri Lanka Customs and Commercial Banks are obliged to suspend the facilitation of importation of Non-essential goods stipulated with the symbol of Temporary Suspension (TS) in Annex A under the payment term relating to Letter of Credit, Documents against Acceptance. Documents against Payment, Open Account and Advanced Payment, or a combination of these. until June 23.2020
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    March 24, 2020

    Relief Measures to assist COVID-19 affected businesses and individuals - Circular issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

    In line with the decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the Cabinet meeting held on 20.03.2020 on the Direction issued by His Excellency the President to provide relief measures to assist businesses and individuals who are adversely affected by the prevailing Covid-19 outbreak, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka hereby issues this Circular to the licensed commercial banks, licensed specialised banks and leasing companies, hereinafter referred to as financial institutions.
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    March 20, 2020

    Guidance for Workplace Preparedness for COVID-19

    COVID 19, the novel coronavirus infection, which began in Hubei Province, China in December last year has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. All sections of society should engage with the public health authorities to take action to prevent and contain the spread of the virus.

    It is crucial to remain vigilant as Sri Lanka has recently reported cases of COVID 19. Businesses and employers, in particular, have a major role to play to keep workplaces safe if we are to stop the spread of this disease as workplaces are frequented by a large number of people. This document outlines the key steps to be taken at workplaces to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Employers should start doing these things now, to keep the workplaces safe to prevent the spread of the virus. This may help to reduce working days lost due to illness and stop or slow the spread of COVID-19. The following simple measures can be easily adopted in the workplace to reduce the spread of infections.
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    Announcement from Sri Lanka Customs

    Working arrangements have been made for the facilitation of essential import clearance and export / BOI Processes as well. Long room staff is working in between 10.00am to 2.00pm. RCT staff will be there from 10.00am to 5.00pm.CVT staff will facilitate on call. If you need any further assistance or information, please don't hesitate to contact us.
    Sunil Jayarathne – ADG (Sri Lanka Customs)

    Availing services of Sri Lanka Customs under the current outbreak of COIVD 19

    Sri Lanka Customs has made arrangement to provide services to the importers, exporters and other agencies under the prevailing situation of the country due to COVID 19 pandemic. The following arrangements are applicable for both sea cargo and air cargo processes. However, please note that these arrangements are made subject to health and safety measures notified by the government, especially to minimize the human gathering thus preventing the spread of this deadly decease.
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    Department of Commerce- Urgent Notice to All Exporters

    In order to facilitate exports, the Department of Commerce (DOC) will be open from 20th March 2020. However, because of the prevailing situation in the country due to the fast spreading corona virus, the Department will be operating with only a skeleton staff. Therefore, all exporters are kindly requested to take note of the following:
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    March 19, 2020

    Operations of Export Oriented Manufacturing Enterprises – President Secretariat

    Many steps are being taken by the government to mitigate the possible negative impact of COVID -19 to the society at large and it will be absolutely necessary to ensure that the economic functions of the country shall continue to be undertaken unabated. In this context, export oriented manufacturing enterprises be advised that operation of their enterprises shall be carried out , subject to the concerned management taking required measures to protect the employees by following all health and safety procedures as had been advised The relevant government institutions will continue to provide all services even with a skeleton staff. :
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