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2020 marks a successful year for Sri Lanka exports

2021-01-20

2020 marks a successful year for Sri Lanka exports

The US$ 13.5 billion export target set for merchandise export sectors in early 2020 remains challenging, requiring not only strong efforts from local enterprises, but also the recovery of global demand amid complicated Covid-19 situation. Amid severe impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka’s merchandise exports remain at US$ 9.9 billion in 2020, which is a 104 % achievement from the revised forecast of US$ 9.5 billion.

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MRIA begins fish exports

2021-01-11/ Daily News

MRIA begins fish exports

The SkyUp Airlines PQ-555 outward flight to Ukraine carried 658.5kg fish and seafood from the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) on January 8. This fish and seafood exports comprised edible Tuna, prawns and mullets.

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Export Performance – November 2020

2020-12-24

Export Performance – November 2020

As per the Customs statistics, earnings from merchandise exports recorded a negative growth of 20.97% in November 2020 to US$ 747.58 Mn as compared to the value of US$ 978.80 Mn recorded in November 2019 due to the adverse impact of 2nd wave of Covid 19 pandemic within the country and globally. Reduction recorded in October exports due to the C19 outbreak in Sri Lanka which has had a direct impact on our manufacturing and export facilities also continued in November 2020.

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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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Export Performance – October 2020

2020-11-13

Export Performance – October 2020

As per the Customs statistics, earnings from merchandise exports recorded a negative growth of 14.9% in October 2020 to US$ 831.72 Mn as compared to the value of US$ 977.3 Mn recorded in October 2019. This poor performance is due to the adverse impact of 2nd wave of Covid 19 pandemic within the country and globally.

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EDB sounds alarm on resurgence of COVID in key markets

2020-11-05

EDB sounds alarm on resurgence of COVID in key markets

The Export Development Board (EDB), expressing its concern about the resurgence of COVID-19 in main markets, has called on the private sector to plan and prepare as it is threatening to impact trade once again.

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Exports a billion dollars for the 3rd time in 2020 - Export Performance in September 2020

2020-10-13

Exports a billion dollars for the 3rd time in 2020 - Export Performance in September 2020

Sri Lanka’s merchandize exports have surpassed the $ 1 billion mark in September after July during this year. Export Development Board (EDB) Chairman Prabhash Subasinghe said, “I am extremely pleased to see $1 Billion of exports in September.

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EDB targets over USD 13 b export income this year

2020-09-27

EDB targets over USD 13 b export income this year

The revised export target of the Export Development Board for 2020 is US$ 13.39 billion and of that we expect US$ 9.57 billion from merchandise exports and US$ 3.82 billion from services exports, EDB Chairman Prabhash Subasinghe said. He said the EDB has presented 11 project proposals for the 2021 Budget while continuing the National Export Strategy to develop a vibrant export industry.

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President led first Export Development Council kicks off new initiatives

2020-09-24

President led first Export Development Council kicks off new initiatives

The first meeting of the Export Development Council (EDC) was held yesterday under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, focused on resolving issues related to exports in tandem with the National Export Strategy (NES) to be a game-changer in the post-COVID-19 economic transformation of Sri Lanka.

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E-commerce Readiness Assessment Report Sri Lanka launched

2020-09-22

E-commerce Readiness Assessment Report Sri Lanka launched

E-commerce Readiness Assessment Report Sri Lanka was launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat (COMSEC) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB). The report is the result of a request by the EDB in 2018 for technical assistance from COMSEC to conduct an e-readiness assessment for Sri Lanka and undertake capacity-building programmes on e-commerce for SMEs and women entrepreneurs. The project was funded by COMSEC through the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC). The publication comes at a time when businesses in Sri Lanka were compelled to exploit e-commerce mechanisms in the wake of lockdowns and travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

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Exports a near billion dollars for the 3rd consecutive month in a row - Export Performance in August 2020

2020-09-14

Exports a near billion dollars for the 3rd consecutive month in a row - Export Performance in August 2020

Sri Lanka’s exports during the month of August 2020 recorded a downfall of 19.2% to US$ 947.7 Mn as compared to the value of US$ 1,033.3 Mn recorded same month of last year.

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The Road to Measuring Sri Lanka's Logistics Economic Footprint

2020-08-27

The Road to Measuring Sri Lanka's Logistics Economic Footprint

Against a transformative and competitive regional backdrop, Sri Lanka aspires to become South Asia’s logistics hub. The leading impetus to this ambitious vision is Sri Lanka’s National Export Strategy (NES); and its prominence to the logistics industry. Directly employing roughly over 50,000 people industry-wide, the sector has an ambitious vision to grow from a traditional transshipment hub to a regional logistics center. Recognized as one of the fastest-growing transshipment hubs in the world, Sri Lanka offers a unique package of innovative multi-modal logistics services.

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The V shape recovery of Exports further up in July

2020-08-14

The V shape recovery of Exports further up in July

Sri Lanka’s exports have surpassed the $ 1 billion mark in July after six months time period where a similar achievement was only recorded in January during this year.

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Important China News

2020-08-11

Important China News

Summary Article prepared by Consulate General of Sri Lanka on Important China news in major Chinese newspapers from 17.06.2020 - 16.07.2020

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Wellness webinar series enlightens stakeholders to the potential of the sector

2020-07-28

Wellness webinar series enlightens stakeholders to the potential of the sector

Bringing the best of Wellness Tourism to a domestic audience, the Sri Lanka Wellness Tourism Association (SLWTA) and the Export Development Board (EDB) concluded its third and final webinar of a tri-part series – Wellness: A New Paradigm in Sri Lankan Tourism, recently. Culminating with its final session on 10 July, a panel of high-profile industry experts comprising of Prof. Lal Chandrasena, GM, Nawaloka Hospitals; Dr. Lakith Peiris, MD, Hemas Hospitals; Dr. Shantha Godagama, President, UK Ayurvedic Medical Association; Dr. Palitha Serasinghe, Founder and Chairman of Setramed UK; Shalin Balasuriya, Co-Founder of SPA Ceylon; shared several exceptional insights, with Trevor Reckerman, Chairman, SLWTA summarising how Sri Lanka can position itself in the global wellness industry, through a well structured national action plan.

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EDB licenses ‘Ceylon Spices’ trademark to preserve originality

2020-07-27

EDB licenses ‘Ceylon Spices’ trademark to preserve originality

To strengthen quality and preserve originality, the Export Development Board (EDB) has kicked-off licencing of ‘Ceylon Spices’ trademark for qualifying producers, processors and exporters of cinnamon, pepper, clove, nutmeg and mace as well as cardamom.

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EDB webinar on market opportunities in Germany and Europe for electronic and electrical exporters

2020-07-20

EDB webinar on market opportunities in Germany and Europe for electronic and electrical exporters

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), with the assistance of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Germany and the Ministry of Foreign Relations, organised a free webinar on 15 July, on matchmaking and market entry opportunities available for Sri Lankan electronic and electrical sector exporters.

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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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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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International exposure for Sri Lankan boat manufacturers at ‘Boot Show’ – Dusseldorf, Germany

2020-01-22

International exposure for Sri Lankan boat manufacturers at ‘Boot Show’ – Dusseldorf, Germany

The delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Sri Lanka (AHK Sri Lanka) together with the Export Development Board (EDB) organised the first-ever Sri Lankan pavilion at the world’s leading boat exhibition ‘Boot Show’ in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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