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Import/Export

United States to Sri Lanka

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Sri Lanka. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Consignee is required to obtain Sri Lanka Standard Institute approval for clearance. For more Information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://www.slsi.lk
The consignee will be required to obtain Cosmetics Drugs Devices Authority (CDDA) approval for clearance. For more information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://nmra.gov.lk
The consignee will be required to obtain Ministry of Defense approval to clear such shipments. For more information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://www.defence.lk
Shipments of medicine can only be shipped for personal use.
Food Items (Consumables, Human & Animal)

For clearance, approval from Import Food Inspection Unit (IFIU) inspection is required. For more information http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://eohfs.health.gov.lk

The consignee is required to obtain National Medical Research Authority (NMRA) approval for clearance. For more information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://nmra.gov.lk
Consignee is required to obtain Sri Lanka Standard Institute approval for clearance. For more information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://www.slsi.lk
LED / normal lights, light fittings (Domestic use)

Consignee is required to obtain Sri Lanka Standard Institute approval for clearance. For more information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://www.slsi.lk

The consignee is required to obtain National Medical Research Authority (NMRA) approval for clearance. For more information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://nmra.gov.lk
The consignee will be required to obtain National Medical Research Authority (NMRA) approval for clearance.

Medicines also require an Import Control License as well. http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://nmra.gov.lk

The consignee will be required to obtain Ministry of Defense approval to clear such shipments.
Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) approval is required for shipments containing communication equipment including Bluetooth devices.

Depending on the nature of the equipment (such as mobile phones), Import Control License will also be required. For more information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://www.trc.gov.lk

Consignee is required to obtain Sri Lanka Standard Institute approval for clearance. For more Information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://www.slsi.lk
The consignee is required to obtain National Medical Research Authority (NMRA) approval for clearance. For more information: http://www.fitsexpress.com/brokerage http://nmra.gov.lk

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Sri Lanka.

Shipments of Lithium Metal Batteries are prohibited on Emirates Airlines flights which UPS uses to this destination country or territory.

Alternative arrangements are in place, but expect transit delays if the normal planned flow of the package is via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Time in Transit may be extended due to solution found.

Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store or UPS Customer Center to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. or UPS Customer Center will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

  • An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation)
  • A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only
  • A photocopy of passport or ID card

Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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