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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’s Export Performance in January - February 2020

2020-03-29

Sri Lanka’s Export Performance in January - February 2020

Total merchandise exports for Jan & Feb 2020, was US$ 1,931 which resulted in a reduction of 3.6% compared to the same period in 2019.

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EDB Chief calls on Govt. to extend financial moratorium to all exporters

2020-03-24

EDB Chief calls on Govt. to extend financial moratorium to all exporters

The Government should extend the financial moratorium to all exporters, as merchandise exports will be the first to bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis is controlled, a top official said.

“The moratorium on loans and interests that the Government has introduced to the apparel, tourism, IT and SME sectors should be extended to all exporters. Merchandise exports will be the first to recover and help the economy,” Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman Prabhash Subasinghe told Daily FT.

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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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Sri Lanka Single Country Exhibition in Jordan garners attention

2020-03-06

Sri Lanka Single Country Exhibition in Jordan garners attention

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in partnership with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board organized a Familiarization tour of the Jordan market for a 13 member delegation of Sri Lankan entrepreneurs from 25 – 27 February to seek entry into the Jordanian market which has been hitherto largely untapped by Sri Lanka.

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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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Business Networking Event and Market Familiarization Programme for the Sri Lankan Exporters in Egypt

2020-03-04

Business Networking Event and Market Familiarization Programme for the Sri Lankan Exporters in Egypt

Embassy of Sri Lanka in Egypt organized a business networking event, from 23 to 25 February 2020, with the participation of a 11-member delegation of Sri Lankan exporters, facilitated by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Relations, under the Economic Diplomacy Programme. This event focused on promoting selected Sri Lankan products having a high demand in the Egypt markets namely; Ceylon Tea, Coconut Products, Rubber Products and Spices.

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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 Pledges Assistance to Revive Tea Exports

2020-02-05

EDB Chief Pledges Assistance to Revive Tea Exports

Prabhash Subasinghe, Chairman of the EDB, pledged to take innovative measures to reinvigorate the sagging fortunes of the nation’s tea exports during the initial meeting he had with the tea industry stakeholders since assuming office last December.

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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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Sri Lankan Pavilion organized by the EDB at Anuga International Food Exhibition in Cologne, Germany

2019-12-11

Sri Lankan Pavilion organized by the EDB at Anuga International Food Exhibition in Cologne, Germany

The Export Development Board (EDB) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Consulate in Frankfurt facilitated participation of Sri Lankan exporters at Anuga 2019, one of the leading world food exhibitions held in Cologne Germany from 5th – 9th 2019.

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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’s first ever participation at Grocery Innovation Canada (GIC) 2019

2019-11-13

Sri Lanka’s first ever participation at Grocery Innovation Canada (GIC) 2019

Sri Lanka Export Development Board organized an Export Promotional Mission to Toronto in Canada from 20 to 23 October 2019 in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Consulate in Toronto. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka partnered under the Economic Diplomacy Program (EDP) which enabled to organize Sri Lanka Pavilion at GIC in successful manner.

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EDB promotes Sri Lanka in Central Europe under GSP Plus facility

2019-11-05

EDB promotes Sri Lanka in Central Europe under GSP Plus facility

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) organised a business seminar recently with the objective of increasing awareness among Sri Lankan exporters on the Central European market and to create business linkages with the supermarkets, retailers and buying agents in Poland.

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