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Sri Lanka to receive same benefits of EU GSP+ for UK from 2021

2020-11-14

Sri Lanka to receive same benefits of EU GSP+ for UK from 2021

Since the UK is the main market for Sri Lanka’s exports to the EU region and the second largest export market after the USA, it is important for Sri Lanka to receive the same tariff preferences it was enjoying prior to Brexit when trading with the UK in the post Brexit period.

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EDB intensifies online export promotions

2020-11-11

EDB intensifies online export promotions

Due to the difficulties of organizing physical export promotion programmes during this pandemic situation, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with Foreign Ministry and the Sri Lankan Missions overseas has initiated online sessions to enable foreign buyers and Sri Lankan exporters meet via virtual platforms with the objective of creating trade linkages between Sri Lanka and the rest of the world, as it is imperative to sustain the nation’s export promotional activities in spite of severe challenges caused by COVID-19.

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The bounce is back - Export Performance June 2020

2020-07-18

The bounce is back - Export Performance June 2020

Earnings from merchandise exports rebounded in June 2020 to US $ 906.02 Mn as per the Customs statistics, with the export sector progressively commencing actions following the relaxation of lockdown measures and the recovery of both domestic and global supply and demand chains to some extent.

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Export Performance – May 2020

2020-06-22

Export Performance – May 2020

Merchandise exports for the month of May 2020 has bounced back to US$ 602 Mn, compared to the previous month of April which was only US $ 277 Mn according to the customs provisional statistics.

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Export Performance – April 2020

2020-05-21

Export Performance – April 2020

According to Customs monthly provisional exports statistics, merchandize export earnings have recorded a historical decrease by nearly 64% to US $ 277.4 Mn from US $ 772.57 Mn documented in April 2019.

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Export Performance – March 2020

2020-04-29

Export Performance – March 2020

According to monthly exports statistics, merchandize export earnings have decreased by nearly 42% to US $ 646 Mn from US $ 1112 recorded in March 2019.

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Exports: A National Priority

2020-04-19

Exports: A National Priority

Following our statement last week, the EDB strengthens our clarion call to understand that exports are now our nation’s number one priority. As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies across the globe, we at the EDB have taken a strong stance and realized that it is the export sector that will get Sri Lanka through this crisis. During these times of unparalleled circumstances, we see a large impact on Sri Lanka’s foreign direct investment, our tourism sector and our country’s overall economic standing. Therefore, we ask other government agencies to recognize and support the export sector during this time. For all exporters, it is imperative to take immediate action. The foreign exchange that we bring in through the export sector is essential in our efforts to survive this crisis as a nation.

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A Clarion Call to Exporters; Commence All Exports!

2020-04-10

A Clarion Call to Exporters; Commence All Exports!

It’s a difficult moment for the world. We are fighting the coronavirus pandemic whilst our nation’s exporters have been facing challenging times for the past two months. The EDB requests that now more than ever, the time has come for us to prepare our businesses to stay up and running. As a nation, we are no stranger to disaster, having faced our fair share of adversity. We are confident that we will weather this storm and as we have done in the past, Sri Lanka will emerge stronger than ever and continue focusing on our main goal - recommencing exports, restoring them to their former level and increasing them.

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EDB cuts 2020 export target by $ 7.75 b on COVID-19 worries

2020-04-06

EDB cuts 2020 export target by $ 7.75 b on COVID-19 worries

Considering the unprecedented disruption to the global economy and trade due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Export Development Board has revised its 2020 exports forecast by a hefty 42% to $10.75 billion.

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Relief to exporters to overcome covid-19 crisis

2020-03-30

Relief to exporters to overcome covid-19 crisis

The Central Bank on 27th March 2020 announced a series of wide-ranging financial concessions to alleviate the hardships businesses are facing owing to the impact of Covid-19. The concessions are applicable to the entire gamut of organisations ranging from large corporate to self-employed individuals, and particularly to export-related enterprises. The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) took the initiative in bringing the severity of the crisis situation the business community, particularly the export sector, is facing and the dire need to give relief, to the notice of the Central Bank and other key Government stakeholders.

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Sri Lanka Customs Offers a Window of Concession to Exporters During Corona Outbreak

2020-03-23

Sri Lanka Customs Offers a Window of Concession to Exporters During Corona Outbreak

Sri Lanka Customs has taken immediate steps to assist the exporters whose export of products have been delayed by the corona outbreak to export products that have been produced and prepared for exportation as well as goods that are essential and urgently required to be exported to respective countries.

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Exporters must prepare for COVID-19 fallout: EDB chief

2020-03-05

Exporters must prepare for COVID-19 fallout: EDB chief

The Export Development Board (EDB) yesterday called on the private sector to plan and prepare for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 challenge, which has caused market and supply chain disruptions globally since February, and is threatening to impact trade.

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Export Performance - January 2020 - EDB

2020-03-04

Export Performance - January 2020 - EDB

According to the latest customs provisional data the total exports from Sri Lanka in January 2020, recorded a marginal increase of 0.96% in comparison to the similar period of the previous year, due to the merchandise exports recording a drop of 7.41% and the projected growth of 26% of Service exports, The merchandise exports stood at US$ 961 Mn in January 2020, which is lesser than US$ 77 Mn, in January 2019. The figure for Service exports has not yet been released and the EDB has projected figures based on the past published records. It was revealed that only in the year 2019 the exports recorded over one billion in comparison to the figures of the last five years.

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Export promotion efforts doubled by EDB in 2019

2020-02-13

Export promotion efforts doubled by EDB in 2019

Sri Lanka doubled its export promotion efforts last year in comparison to 2018, enabling the private sector, especially the small and medium segment, to succeed amidst growing competition and other challenges.

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EDB Chief wants export boom to be everyone’s priority

2020-01-31

EDB Chief wants export boom to be everyone’s priority

Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman Prabhash Subasinghe yesterday urged that boosting exports must be everyone’s priority, as the key agency set an ambitious yet achievable target of $ 18.5 billion this year, up by 15% from 2019. EDB revealed that as per provisional data, last year Sri Lanka’s total merchandise and service exports amounted to $ 16.14 billion up by 1.44% from 2018. The composition was merchandise exports were $ 11.9 billion, up 0.13% and service exports were $ 4.2 billion, up by 5.3% from 2018. EDB originally targeted $ 18.5 billion exports for 2019, and the estimated performance reflects achievement of 87% of the goal.

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EDB Chairman meets country’s leading apparel exporters

2020-01-20

EDB Chairman meets country’s leading apparel exporters

Mr.Prabhash Subasinghe, the newly appointed Chairman of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), met with the nation’s leading apparel exporters last Friday (17th) at the board premises.

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Sri Lankan firms secure fruitful results at China International Import Expo

2019-11-27

Sri Lankan firms secure fruitful results at China International Import Expo

The Export Development Board (EDB), in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Consulate General in Shanghai, facilitated Sri Lanka’s participation in the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) held in Shanghai, China from 5-10 November.

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Sri Lanka plans big for 6 month long Expo 2020 Dubai

2019-10-18/ Source at: Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka plans big for 6 month long Expo 2020 Dubai

Sri Lanka yesterday launched the official website announcing the country’s participation in the six-month long Expo 2020 Dubai, anticipating a major boost to exports, tourism and investments while looking to enhance the country’s brand value and image globally.

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Sri Lanka discusses Expo 2020 participation with UAE envoy

2019-10-16/ Daily Mirror E-Paper

Sri Lanka discusses Expo 2020 participation with UAE envoy

Indira Malwatte, Chairperson & Chief Executive of EDB and the Commissioner General of Sri Lanka for Expo 2020 Dubai together with the private sector stakeholders; Secretary Generals of the National Chamber of Exporters and National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, Shiham Marikkar and Bandula Dissanayake and the Co- Chair Planning Sub Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai, Fazal Mushin met Ahmed Ali Ibrahim Al Mualla, the ambassador for UAE in Sri Lanka this week at the embassy premises to further strengthen Sri Lanka’s commitment in participation at Expo 2020 Dubai and to review the progress made so far.

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Iconic Sri Lankan Cricketers Mahela and Kumar - Sri Lanka’s Brand Ambassadors for Expo 2020 Dubai

2019-10-14

Iconic Sri Lankan Cricketers Mahela and Kumar - Sri Lanka’s Brand Ambassadors for Expo 2020 Dubai

Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara - two of the most iconic cricketers produced by the country has come on board as Sri Lanka’s Brand Ambassadors for Expo 2020 Dubai organized by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) as a public private cooperation project .

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