Outbound Shipping

Get help with Customs procedures, limitations, and restrictions. Preparing your shipment properly will ensure that it arrives on time.

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Clearance Process | Restrictions | Regulations | Contacts


Country profiles Find valuable information for conducting trade with other countries, and an international shipping overview.

Sri Lanka Clearance Process

When shipping from Sri Lanka clearance through Customs depends on whether you're shipping:

  • Documents with no commercial value ( only fedex AWB is needed )
  • Dutiable goods (goods with a commercial value)

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Make sure your commodity is acceptable for shipment via the FedEx service you've selected.
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Export Prohibitions and Restrictions

Certain items are forbidden and controlled for export from Sri Lanka by Customs. These items are in addition to items prohibited by the IATA. Senders are responsible for making sure that the goods they are shipping will be accepted by the destination country.

Forbidden for Export from Sri Lanka

  • Dangerous goods as defined by IATA
  • Food, perishable
  • Live animals
  • Explosives
  • Mahogany and ebony wood items

Restricted for Export from Sri Lanka

  • Human body parts require approval from the Ministry of Health
  • Liquor requires approval from the Department of Excise
  • Artifacts require the approval from the National Museum
  • Sand requires the approval from the Ministry of Sands and Minerals

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Sri Lanka Export Regulations

Take note of the following regulations when exporting from Sri Lanka:

  • For size and weight maximums please check with the destination country's limits.
  • Dimensional weight or actual weight, whichever is greater, determines the shipment tariff.
  • Wooden boxes used for shipping to the US and India require fumigation certificates prior to shipment.

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Regulatory Contact Information


Sri Lanka Customs Department
Times Building
Bristol Street
Colombo 01
Sri Lanka
Phone number: 94.11.2421.141

Board of Investment
Level 26, West Tower,
World Trade Center,
Colombo 01
Sri Lanka
Phone number: 94.11.2427000

Please see our tips to Avoid Customs problems to gain Customs clearance more quickly. For more information, please contact Customer Help.

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