Moving to Sri Lanka

Country Guide: Sri Lanka

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport with Residence Visas
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Detailed inventory
  • Duty Free Certificate of Clearance signed by employer, if applicable
  • Bank Guarantee, if applicable

Specific Information

  • Documents should be received by the destination agent at least 3 days prior to shipment arrival. Full-container-load shipments take approximately 3-4 business days for Customs clearance provided all documents are received by the destination agent in advance of shipment.
  • On the detailed inventory, all electrical items and furniture should be individually priced and the total value should not exceed USD 1000.00 per shipper.
  • The shipper should be present for Customs clearance.
  • All applicable frees must be made prior to clearance of the cargo.
  • Goods should not exceed more than USD 1000.00 per shipper.
  • Only one electrical item of any kind is permitted.
  • It is important that the cargo arrives after the shipper has obtained the Residence Visa.
  • Refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, and home theaters are not considered household goods.

Motor Vehicles

Note: Vehicles may be imported only under certain conditions. Contact the destination agent for specific information prior to import.

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Certificate of Title / Registration
  • Purchase Receipt
  • Appropriate application forms (contact the destination agent for correct form)

Specific Information

  • Vehicle must be right-hand drive.
  • There are many conditions under which a motor vehicle may be imported. It is essential that a shipper contact the destination agent to verify the correct applicable form and required vehicle criteria for import.

Pets

Documents Required

  • Vaccination Record
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Import Permit

Specific Information

  • Authorization from the Director General of the Department of Animal Production and Health (DAPH) must be obtained prior to the import of a live animal.
  • Pets are subject to examination upon arrival.
  • Pets accompanied by their owners are easier to clear than pets traveling via cargo; if a pet travels by cargo, a tax identification number (TIN) may be necessary.
  • The Import Permit must be obtained at least 2 weeks prior to importation from the Director General, Department of Animal Production and Health and valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
  • Dogs and cats are subject to a quarantine period of 30 days in the owner’s residence, identified on the Quarantine Surveillance Agreement. The owner’s full address and telephone number must be identified on the form.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Satellites, remote control equipment, telephones and fax machines (special approval should be obtained prior to shipment arrival. An operation manual should accompany each item.

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics
  • Pornographic materials
  • Anti-religious materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

Helpful Website(s):

http://slembassyusa.org

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1025.html

http://www.slmission.com/consular/29-consular-services/224-new-regulations-on-import-of-live-animals.html

http://www.customs.gov.lk/importexport.html

http://www.gic.gov.lk/gic/index.php?option=com_info&id=420&task=info&lang=en