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Steps (24) 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
Obtain approval letter  (2) expand_more expand_less
Obtain import control license  (4) expand_more expand_less
Obtain debit note  (2) expand_more expand_less
Customs clearance  (9) expand_more expand_less

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Summary of the procedure

Institutions involved 8 expand_more expand_less

Sri Lanka Inland Revenue (x 5)
Sri Lanka Customs (x 2)
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (x 2)
Import and Export Control Department (x 6)
A declaration company (x 2)
A licensed commercial bank
Sri Lanka Customs (port of colombo)
Sri Lanka Customs (examination yard) (x 3)

Results 10 expand_more expand_less

TIN certificate
VAT certificate
TIN/VAT number registered in the Customs system
Access to use ASYCUDA World System
Approval letter addressed to Customs
Import control license (ICL)
Debit note
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 3)
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 3)
Partnership business registration certificate (x 2)
Passport
Bill of lading (x 5)
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
Affidavit
Birth certificate
Application to obtain letter for custom clearance
Invoice
Technical specifications of equipment
Application form (indent form) for telecommunication and other equipment
Proforma invoice
Relevant authority clearance/permission to import letter
Paying-in voucher (IECD)
Tax invoice (IECD)
Debit declaration
Customs declaration (CusDec) (x 3)
Commercial invoice (x 3)
Import control license (ICL) (x 2)
Any other alternative requirement requested by the Controller General
Delivery order (x 2)
Master airway bill
House airway bill
Arrival notification
Packing list (x 2)
Letter of credit
Approval letter addressed to Customs
Catalogue of imported equipment
Value declaration form (VDF)
Assessment notice
Customs container pass (x 2)
Panel examination form

Estimated cost LKR  2,650

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LKR 0 -
1 % CIF value
For mobile phones the cost of the import control license is a percentage of CIF value. VAT will also be charged on this fee.
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 1d  - 11d  expand_more expand_less

  min max
Total time (sum): 1d 11d
of which:
Waiting time in queue (sum): 1h. 45mn 1d 1/2
Attention at counter: 2h. 15mn 1d 1/2
Waiting time until next step (sum): 4h. 9d

Laws 12 expand_more expand_less

CUSTOMS ORDINANCE Customs Ordinance
  Sections 10, 47
 Import & Export (Control) Act No. 1 of 1969. Amendment to the Gaz. Ex. No. 1739/3 of 02.01.2012 Gazette 1813/14 Amendment to the Gaz. Ex. No. 1739/3 of 02.01.2012 (controlled goods) This law states the goods which can be imported subject to a license as well as the goods that are banned from being imported to the country.
  Section Schedule 1
Gazette No. 1739/3 of 02.01.2012 (controlled goods) Gazette No. 1739/3 of 02.01.2012 (controlled goods)
Gazette No. 1872/05. Import and Export Control Regulations No. 4 of 2014 and are effective from 01.08.2014 Gazette No. 1872/05 of 21/07/2014 on Import and Export Control Regulations
  Sections Annex 1, Annex 2
Gazette no. 1953/28 on license fee and charges Gazette no. 1953/28 on license fee and charges
  Sections Schedule 1, Schedule 1
Gazette No. 2196/51 on the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE ) Type Approval Rules Gazette No. 2196/51 of 2020 on the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Type Approval Rules
Imports and Exports (Control) Act (Acts No. 1 of 1969; No. 48 of 1985; No. 28 of 1987) Imports and Exports (Control) Act (Acts No. 1 of 1969; No. 48 of 1985; No. 28 of 1987)
  Sections 4, 8, 14
INLAND REVENUE ACT, NO. 24 OF 2017 Inland Revenue Act, no. 24 of 2017
  Sections 102, 103
Registration instructions Registration instructions
Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act (Amendment) No 27 of 1996 Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act (Amendment) No 27 of 1996
Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act No 25 of 1991 Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act No 25 of 1991 as amended
Value Added Tax Act, No. 14 of 2002 Value Added Tax Act, No. 14 of 2002
  Section 10
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