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Steps (16) arrow_drop_up arrow_drop_down
Obtain TIN certificate  (3) expand_more expand_less
Obtain VAT certificate  (3) expand_more expand_less
Register as an importer (TIN/VAT registration) with Customs  (1) expand_more expand_less
Customs clearance  (9) expand_more expand_less

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Summary of the procedure

Institutions involved 6 expand_more expand_less

Sri Lanka Inland Revenue (x 5)
Sri Lanka Customs (x 2)
A declaration company (x 2)
A licensed commercial bank
Sri Lanka Customs (port of colombo)
Sri Lanka Customs (examination yard) (x 3)

Results 7 expand_more expand_less

TIN certificate
VAT certificate
TIN/VAT number registered in the Customs system
Access to use ASYCUDA World System
Agreement with declaration company
Approved CusDec
Consignment released

Required Documents expand_more expand_less

Token number (IRD) (x 2)
Application form to register for TIN (individual)
Utility bill
Application form to register for TIN (business or partnership)
Business registration certificate (certificate of incorporation) (x 2)
Proof of address (x 7)
Application form to register for TIN (companies)
Form 1 (x 4)
Articles of association
Authorization letter (x 2)
Request letter (x 2)
Written submission (x 2)
Sole proprietorship business registration (x 2)
Partnership business registration certificate (x 2)
Bill of Lading (x 4)
Airway bill (x 2)
Application form to register for VAT
Application form to register as an exporter or importer with Customs
VAT certificate
TIN certificate
Grama Niladhari letter
Form 20
Billing proof
Photos of all the directors
Birth certificate
Customs Declaration (CusDec) (x 2)
Packing list (x 2)
Commercial invoice (x 2)
Letter of credit
Assessment notice
Customs container pass (x 2)
Delivery order
Panel examination form

Estimated cost LKR  2,650

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LKR 100 -
LKR  100 per container
Other receipts - Seal charges based on the number of consignments
LKR 1,600
Over time charges for clearance of goods
LKR 250
Computer fee for clearance of goods
LKR 700
Other receipts - Examination fee in clearance of goods

Total Duration 2h. 40mn - 7d  expand_more expand_less

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Total time (sum): 2h. 40mn 7d
of which:
Waiting time in queue (sum): 1h. 5mn 7h. 25mn
Attention at counter: 1h. 35mn 7h.
Waiting time until next step (sum): 0mn 5d

Laws 4 expand_more expand_less

  Sections 10, 47
INLAND REVENUE ACT, NO. 24 OF 2017 Inland Revenue Act, no. 24 of 2017
  Sections 102, 103
Registration instructions Registration instructions
Value Added Tax Act, No. 14 of 2002 Value Added Tax Act, No. 14 of 2002
  Section 10
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