ANNOUNCEMENT 19 Dec 2017
The excise duty on imports of non-potable spirits has been reduced for export-oriented manufacturing companies.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
Excise Notification No: 1005
EXCISE NOTIFICATION No. 07/2018
On 19 December 2017, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Finance And Mass Media through Excise Notification 1005 reduced the excise duty on imports of non-potable spirits for export-oriented manufacturing companies from Rs. 15 per kilogram to "10% of the payable duty" i.e Rs. 1.5 per kilogram. The purpose of the duty reduction is to lower production costs for spirit-based export goods.
Participating export companies must enter into an agreement with the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and must export at least 80% of the products manufactured from the non-potable spirits imported as raw materials.
On 21 February 2018, the excise duty on such imported spirits by exporters has been amended to read "as Rs 1.5 per kilogram" instead of "as 10% of the payable duty of Rs. 15". Therefore with no change to the effective duty.
The excise duty for imports of non-potable spirits by export-oriented manufacturing companies has been reduced from Rs. 15 (~ USD 0.098) to Rs. 1.5 (~ USD 0.0098) per kg., reducing the cost of imports.
* Sri Lankan rupee to USD conversion on 19 December 2017 at Rs. 155.23 / USD