ANNOUNCEMENT 20 Nov 2015

In November 2015, the government of Sri Lanka announced a change in import duties.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

2

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising
Inception date: 20 Nov 2015 | Removal date: 20 Nov 2016
Still in force

Import tariff

On 20 November 2015, Sri Lanka through Extraordinary Gazette 1941/43 - 2015 made the following amendments to the applicable Special Commodity Levy -

  • The cap on levy on fresh, chilled, or frozen fish under HS 0302 and 0303 has been increased from "10% or Rs. 10 per kg" to "10% or Rs. 50 per kg", whichever is higher
  • Levy on fresh and dried dates is introduced at Rs. 60 per kg.

 
The measure is valid for 6 months. The levy on fish and dates was initially extended unchanged on 20 May 2016 for 6 months, but the levy on fish was increased on 8 November 2016 (see related measure).
The Special Commodity Levy is a composite duty on the product and no other tax, duty, cess etc. is applicable on the said product while the levy is valid
 

AFFECTED SECTORS

 
Inception date: 20 Nov 2015 | Removal date: 20 Nov 2016
Still in force

Import tariff

On 20 November 2015, Sri Lanka through Extraordinary Gazette 1941/43 - 2015 made the following amendments to the applicable Special Commodity Levy -

  • Levy on potates decreased from Rs. 40 per kg. to Rs. 15 per kg. (last increased on September 2015 and later increased to Rs. 35 per kg. in March 2016)
  • Levy on Big onions reduced from Rs. 30 per kg. to Rs. 5 per kg. (last increased in October 2015 and later increased to Rs. 25 per kg. in March 2016)
  • Levy on Massor dhal (red lentils) - whole and Yellow lentils- whole has been decreased from Rs. 2 per kg. to Rs. 0.25 per kg.

The measure is valid for 6 months. The levy on onions and potatoes was later increased in March 2016. Further, the levy lentils was extended unchanged on 20 May 2016 for 6 months (see related measure).
The Special Commodity Levy is a composite duty on the product and no other tax, duty, cess etc. is applicable on the said product while the levy is valid