All shipments crossing international borders must be cleared through Customs in Srilanka prior to being delivered to the recipient. Unless the sender specified a particular agent, we submit shipments to Customs and other regulatory agencies. It is the sender’s responsibility to provide the necessary and correct documentation. Shipments that are not standard products may require more transit time. If shipments are held by Customs because of incorrect or missing documentation we may first attempt to notify the recipient.
When you sent a shipment to Sri Lanka, clearance through Customs depends on whether you’re shipping:
For all the shipments where clearance is required, Sri Lanka Customs Authority requires Value Added Tax (VAT) and Port and Aviation Levy (currently at 1%) for all non-document shipments. Depending on the commodity, duties and taxes will also be added prior to release. Please note that Personal shipments of over LKR 10,000 (CIF) in value will be detained at Customs and require a VAT registration number and formal clearance.
If shipments are valued at over US $1,000, a transaction or bank endorsement certificate is required for Customs clearance.
For the Srilanka Shipping, required documentation varies according to the following factors:
As a freight forwarding company, we don’t provide Insurance for personal effects. In order to protect the goods and their value, it’s advisable to take insurance covering the loss, damage and theft. Contact our office for more information about the insurance.
Once the insurance is taken, kindly forward the insurance details to staff.
The Customs value for the duty calculation should be the actual transaction value of the goods and the value for Motor Vehicles is decided by the Valuation committee of the Customs Department.
Once the HS code is obtained the duty rates applicable for each and every HS code is mentioned in the Customs Tariff Guide.
The Customs Declaration(Entry) should be submitted after arrival of goods and also after obtaining the Delivery Order from the Shipping Agent.
Customs Duties/Charges depend on the products, current tariff is displayed in http://www.customs.gov.lk/tariffchanges/home
Please note in Addition to the charges mentioned in the Tariff Guide, Rs. 250/- is charged for each and every customs declaration as computer Charges and Rs. 100/- per containerized cargo as seal charges and Rs. 1600/- as overtime charges are applicable only for full container load(FCL) cargo. Customs charges has to be paid for goods to be cleared as it’s the government imposed charges, for more information, you may visit http://www.customs.gov.lk/import/home
Payment can be made at any Bank of Ceylon Branch or People’s Bank branch or the payment can be made online if the consignee has internet payment facility with those two Banks. Payment can also be made at the Customs Headquarters Banks by Bank Drafts.
The consignments are selected under three categories as Green, Amber and Red. Amber and Red Channel selected consignments are subjected for the examination whereas the Green selected consignments are released without examination.
Ships across the world transported an average of £8.5 billion worth of cargo every day, and for 99.99% of containers, they did it safely and effectively. However, nothing is without risk, including moving your goods across the world. So for peace of mind all you need to do is to get some international shipping insurance.
It is better to cut down your possessions that you want to ship to items that you think are not replaceable or are too valuable to replace.
international shipping insurance is a small expense to protect against the possibility that you could lose everything. Ex: For port-to-port transportation of household goods worth £40,000, you would pay between £240 and £1,600, definitely not a small sum, but worth it to rest easy in the knowledge that your crucial and sentimentally important items are safe.
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