The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) organized an informative webinar on “Opportunities in the Israeli Market” in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Israel together with the support of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce (FICC) and Israel – Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce on 03rd August, 2022.
Earnings from the merchandise exports increased by 20 % y-o-y to US$ 1,208.2 Mn in June 2022 as per the data released by the Sri Lanka Customs. This was mainly due to the increase in earnings from export of Apparel & Textiles, Rubber based products, Coconut based products, Food & Beverages and Seafood.
Sri Lanka marked an important milestone in 2022, with the country receiving its first-ever Geographical Indication (GI) certification from the European Union (EU) Commission. The certification was a result of a decade-long endeavor led by the Sri Lanka Export Development (EDB) with the support of numerous public and private stakeholders.
Organic food production and trade is evolving into a rapidly growing industry across the world. Prompted by a developing inclination for healthy life choices and awareness on the benefits of organic food, a greater number of global consumers are opting for organic products. In the midst of this competitive industry, Sri Lankan producers and manufacturers find themselves in lucrative circumstances.
Recognizing Sri Lanka’s potential in the organic agriculture sector and its’ importance for food security, the European Union (EU), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Export Development Board (EDB) have launched the Organic Agriculture Webinar Series: one-of-a-kind, accessible and educational video episodes that explore a variety of topics including organic certification, organic practices and successful organic farming methods across Sri Lanka. The series, facilitated by local and international experts, will support local producers, sellers and exporters who are looking to expand their businesses to meet demands of the local and European markets.
Earnings from the merchandise exports increased by 9.9 % y-o-y to US$ 980.2 Mn in May 2022 as per the data released by the Sri Lanka Customs. This was mainly due to the increase in earnings from export of Apparel & Textiles, Coconut based products and Electrical & Electronic Components.
As the final of the series of Agri Webinars organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Germany together with the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB) and Import Promotion Desk of Germany (IPD), webinar on “Sustainable Supply Chains and Due Diligence Laws in the Organic Agriculture Sector” was held on 24 January 2022 with the participation of a large number of Sri Lankan Agri Exporters.
The Gulf region has built a strong brand identity in the Food and Beverage space. UAE is blessed with a strategic location between East and West which makes its accessible to major emerging economies, linking shipping routes in Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. Gulfood Exhibition launched in 1987 and has currently become the World’s largest annual food and beverage trade show. The 2020 edition of the show has attracted more than 60,000 visitors & 2,500 exhibitors from 162 countries seeking business opportunities and exploring the latest F&B products and innovation. The 2021 event was held following social distancing & hygiene protocols as per the new normal conditions of the world due to COVID – 19 pandemic.
Trade Minister Hon Bandula Gunawardhana presented cheques and certificates to potential and existing exporters who were selected as beneficiaries under several EDB-led assistance schemes on 28th January, 2022, during a function held at JAIC Hilton hotel. The beneficiaries were chosen under the EDB assistance programmes on National Export Brand Development, New Exporter Development, and Market Access Support.
Import Promotion Desk (IPD) intensifies its activities in Sri Lanka and amplifies its cooperation with their strategical partner EDB – the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka. The initiative, funded by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports national organizations to further develop export promotion services and establish sustainable trade relations. At the opening ceremony of the IPD Hub in Sri Lanka, which was held on 27th January, 2022 in Colombo, the EDB and IPD reaffirm their commitment to their cooperation.
Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports increased by 16.71% to US$ 1,125.69 Million in December 2021 compared to December 2020 as per the data released by the Sri Lanka Customs. In parallel, 12.48% increase recorded in December 2021 compared to December 2019.
Jan Paul Bethke, a leading German importer of Sri Lankan fruits and tea, urged Sri Lankan agri-product exporters to practice effective and superior packaging if they are to be successful in terms of capturing markets in Europe. “If you package your product well, include a QR code (incorporating extensive details such as the farmer who grew products), and convey a personalised story, customers in advanced markets such as Germany and Europe would develop an affinity with your products”, Bethke noted. He made these remarks at a forum organised by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) on packaging and value addition strategies to enhance Sri Lanka’s agri-product exports to Germany on 12th January, 2022.
Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports increased by 55.11% to US$ 1,215.6 Million in November 2021 compared to November 2020 as per the data released by the Sri Lanka Customs. Exports maintained above one billion dollars for the fifth consecutive month in November this year.