Request information, ask for assistance or offer suggestions or remarks
The best efforts have been made so that the data and material published in this site reflect actual administrative norms and practices.
Nevertheless, the entities mentioned in thesite are not responsible for its exactness and expressly deny any responsibility for the damages that would stem form use of the information from this site or use of the site itself. The site contains links to other web pages that are not the responsibility of the entities mentioned in the site.
By consulting this site, the user grants the most complete and irrevocable waiver to all entities mentioned in the site, freeing them absolutely from any kind of responsibility, and agrees to refrain from any action or claim.
Want to embed this page on your website ?
Do you want to embed this page or only the search bar?
Do you want to include the search bar?
Please copy/paste the following html code inside your page:
Full procedure view - for a first time trader
Export of coconut oil through Port of Colombo
The full export procedure of coconut oil compiles all the mandatory licenses, permits and clearance steps to export coconut oil as a first-time exporter. If you are already registered as an exporter with the Department of Inland Revenue, with Sri Lanka Customs, with Coconut Development Authority, with Industrial Technology Institute and with the Department of Commerce, you can look in this search page of the product for the specific permits, certificates or information needed.
Licenses and primary registration
Obtain TIN certificate
To operate a business in Sri Lanka this registration is mandatory. The TIN certificate is issued by Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department. In order to obtain the VAT certificate to export, this registration is mandatory.
Register as an exporter with Coconut Development Authority (CDA)
It is mandatory for an exporter of coconut and coconut value-added products to be registered with the Coconut Development Authority (CDA). The registration is valid for a period of one year, which needs to be renewed annually.
Register as a customer with the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI)
To export coconut oil, it is mandatory to obtain the material safety data sheet (MSDS). To obtain MSDS have to register with Industrial Technology Institute (ITI). This procedure is only a requirement for Coconut oil.
Obtain FSMS/HACCP system certificate
Obtaining this certificate is optional as it is only a requirement which is sometimes asked by the importer, or the Customs administration, or other public agencies of the importing country. This is a certification on the standard of the product. The certificate is obtained at the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI).
Obtain material safety data sheet (MSDS)
To export coconut oil the material safety data sheet (MSDS) is mandatory. Without this certificate, airlines or marine services will not allow the cargo. The MSDS certificate is issued by Industrial Technology Institute (ITI). This certificate is required only for coconut oil and oil-related products.
Obtaining this report is optional as it is only a requirement which is sometimes asked by the importer, or the Customs administration, or other public agencies of the importing country. The analysis report is issued by Industrial Technology Institute (ITI).
Obtain certificate of origin
The Department of Commerce (DoC) is responsible for issuing the various preferential certificates of origin (COOs) under all GSP schemes, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) of which Sri Lanka is either a beneficiary or party. For non-preferential certificate of origin, exporters have to obtain it from authorized Chambers of Commerce in Sri Lanka.
To export any product this registration is mandatory. The VAT certificate is issued by Sri Lanka Inland Revenue Department for an initial three-month period and has to be obtained every three months until income exceeds 3 million rupees. After income exceeds 3 million rupees, the exporter can request the permanent VAT registration.