Container Shipping to Sri Lanka


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International Container Shipping to Sri Lanka

When shipping your goods to another country, you'll want to import them economically. Get here all required information about rates and shipping services to help you make your container shipping process as easy as possible. Look through the information on free trade zones, customs requirements and rates on shipping your containers to Sri Lanka.

Import your container freight to main ports and cities in Sri Lanka: Colombo, Dehiwala-Mount, Kandy, Lavinia, Moratuwa.

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Sri Lanka has been a WTO member since 1 January 1995.

The following documents are required to import goods into Sri Lanka: bill of lading; certificate of origin; import license; quality certificate; packing list; import permit.

Labelling
It is required to mark every consumer pack containing food with the date of manufacture and the date of expiry in a legible manner. An indelible marking of origin must appear  on all goods and their immediate containers. Infant milk foods must be labelled in Sinhala, Tamil and English, stating the following: "Breast milk substitute" together with "Doctors recommend that breast feeding is better". All containers of liquids must be marked in metric equivalent of imperial gallons. It is also advised to use local languages to label consumer goods of mass market.

Free Trade Zones
There are six free trade zones in Sri Lanka. The Katunayake and Biyagama are the oldest zones that are located north of Colombo near the Bandaranaike International Airport. One of them is located at Koggala. Three zones are new mini export processing zones. Nearly 200 foreign export processing enterprises operate in these six export processing zones.

When thinking of using FCL shipping option (20' and 40' containers), you should keep in mind the following advantages:
1) The container volume is all at your disposal;
2) You don't have to have to wait for your order being consolidated with other orders shipped to the same destination;
3) Mind that your goods will stay in the container from the time of loading in the origin port to the time of unloading at the destination.