The new port city at Colombo has created controversy regarding Chinese influence but is likely to become a major South Asian business hub.
Sri Lanka wish to promote international trade and investment. They have accepted ATA carnets since 2002, for professional, or scientific equipment, commercial samples and business exhibitions, or fairs.
Carnets are normally valid for 12 months and can be renewed before expiry, with the prior agreement of Sri Lankan customs. They also accept ATA carnets for postal traffic, or where goods are simply in transit.
English is the carnet language and procedures are well bedded in, including the use of local agents, with written authority from the carnet holder.
There are few reported issues regarding carnet use in Sri Lanka. Customs staff tend to be knowledgeable, although ensuring they are available helps.
At major airports and Colombo port baggage office, support should be provided whenever passengers arrive. At other locations, if you are arriving outside normal hours (09:00 to 16:15 Monday to Friday) prior arrangements should be made.
Current import control measures are normally set aside, when items are on an ATA carnet. There will still be some items, such as medicines, or telecommunication equipment which require additional permission.
As with any country, a few local pointers apply, such as having gemstones inspected by the national authority before a carnet is endorsed. In the main, carnet use can be described as a smooth process.
Travel To Sri Lanka
More than a decade has passed since the Sri Lankan civil war ended and security has improved. The foreign office still suggest a fair degree of caution, as do banks regarding local financial transactions
There is no doubt that Sri Lanka is a great place to see, from breathtaking beaches, to dense rain forest. Ancient architecture abounds, a generally welcoming hospitality industry offers a fine diversity of food and flavours.
The former links with Britain have left English as a well used language and there are no specific issues for English visitors. Simply a place where extra thought and local, professional support make sense.
Support In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s International Chamber of Commerce are responsible for carnet activity internally. Further information is available on their English website, or they can be contacted on 94 (11) 2 307841, or at firstname.lastname@example.org by email.
Being informed before you, or your goods travel to Sri Lanka is of course equally helpful. If our specialist team can offer advice, or provide an ATA carnet for a forthcoming journey, please get in touch at any time.