The exportation of gemstones, diamonds and jewellery from Sri Lanka falls under the jurisdiction of National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) and Sri Lanka Customs. Gemstones purchased in Sri Lanka can be exported either by Air freight or hand-carried by the owner under the inspection and approval of NGJA and Sri Lanka Customs.
The export of gemstones from Sri Lanka can only be made under approval and clearance of the NGJA and for the convenience of the exporters, their service is available at the Diamond Export Unit at the Air Cargo Village of the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake and the Geuda Export Unit located at the NGJA branch office in Rathnapura.
All the gem exporters and suppliers of Sri Lanka requires a valid Official Gem Dealers License issued by the NGJA. Each license is issued for a specific stock value and the exporters are required to comply with the maximum stock value ceiling indicated in the license for each export consignment.
Diamond lapidaries, which are engaged in the import and re-export of rough diamonds after polishing and cutting are required to obtain the valid official license by the NGJA authorizing the value addition and export process. Organisations, which would not be exporting the full consignment of imported rough-cut diamonds should obtain the official NGJA license for trading diamonds within Sri Lanka.
Jewellery manufacturers and exporters who wish to export jewellery made with precious metals and gemstone studded jewellery should obtain a valid official license by the NGJA
Gemstones can be submitted to the NGJA with a regular Customs Declaration (CUSDEC) to be examined b the NGJA Valuer and Customs Gem Appraiser. Once the consignment is valued and inspected the sealed shipment would be transferred to the Air Cargo terminal by a bonded carrier. The shipments can also be sent through EMS or FedEx courier service.
Gemstones that requires to be hand-carried needs to be submitted to the NGJA for prior approval. After the examination, the sealed gem consignment is transferred to the No 1 Duty Officer at the departure terminal of the BIA. Passenger can collect the gem parcel from the duty officer, after obtaining the Boarding Pass, by submitting the receipt they received at the NGJA and hand carry the Gems with them.
Buyers who urgently need to hand carry cut and polished Gemstones FOB valued at USD 200,000 or above can make a payment of USD 1500 for an expedite service and obtain a service fee voucher at the NGJA and proceed to the Airport with the gem consignment and thee copies of the invoice. The vouchers and gem consignment requires to be produced to the Customs Duty Officer at the departure terminal to be inspected and endorsed.
National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA)
Galle Face Terrace,
Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Exchange - Colombo
World Trade Center
Level 4 & 5, East Low Block,
Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Exchange - Rathnapura
Frank Hettiarchchi Street,
Sri Lanka Customs - Gem Unit
National Gem and Jewelry Authority,
25, Galle Face Terrace,