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Full procedure view - for a first time trader
Import of machinery and mechanical appliances through Port of Colombo
Procedures to import machinery and mechanical appliances differ based on the specific imported item. The full import procedures that can be selected below compile all the mandatory licenses, permits and clearance steps to import machinery and mechanical appliances as a first-time importer. If you are already registered as an importer with the Department of Inland Revenue, with Sri Lanka Customs 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 import, this registration is mandatory.
To import 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 importer can request the permanent VAT registration.
Obtain import control license
The validity period of a general import control license is 90 days. A request for further extension of a license should be made within 30 days from the date of expiry. Even if the request is made before or after the date of expiry, the validity period of license will be extended only for a period not exceeding 90 days from the date of expiry. The period of extension depends on the nature of the license. In case of renewal of a license, consideration will be given to extend the period of validity to three times, while the total period of validity of a license will be one year (from the initial date of issuance of the license).
To import this product an import control license is mandatory. Generally a recommending authority needs to give an approval for the Import control license to be granted. But there are instances where a recommending authority is not necessary. To exactly ascertain the recommending authority click here. .
When issuing the import control license, the Import and Export Control Department will allow only a defined quota of the specified product to be imported. Once a share of the product is imported, the importer must obtain a debit note which states the remaining balance of product which he/she will be able to be import in the future.