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Full procedure view - for a first time trader
Import of fabrics through Port of Colombo
The full import procedure compiles all the mandatory licenses, permits and clearance steps to import fabrics as a first-time importer. If you are already registered as an importer with the Department of Inland Revenue and 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.