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The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, structured to function as the central facilitation point for investors, is also responsible for permitting Imports and Exports of projects under section 17 of the BOI law as well as providing other investor related services. These facilities are provided by the Investor Services Department of the BOI. If you are looking for information regarding investing in Sri Lanka please contact, the Investor Facilitation Center.

Services Offered by the Investor Services Department

  • Processing and Approving Import / Export Documents
  • Examination of Import / Export Cargo
  • Issue of Certificates of Origin for Apparel and Textile products
  • Approval for Subcontracts, Transfers, Loans of raw material
  • Re-Import and Re-Export of Items
  • Recommendations to the Controller General of Immigration & Emigration for issue of expatriate visas (Only for the Enterprises located in the Zones)
  • Indirect Export
  • Web Submission
  • Other Investor related approvals

As an investor, undoubtedly you will be interested in finding out the procedure pertaining to investor related activities handled by this Department. To provide the above-mentioned services, the BOI has Investor Service Centers located at;

  • The Colombo Office – Level 06, West Tower, World Trade Center, Echelon Square, Colombo 01
  • Export Processing Zone Katunayake
  • Export Processing Zone Biyagama
  • Export Processing Zone Koggala and
  • Kandy Industrial Park – Pallekale

After signing the agreement with the BOI, to obtain the relevant services from one of the above centres, you should first register with the respective Investor Service Centre.

Registration with the Investor Services Department

      • BOI – agreement (Original)
      • BOI – Investment approval letter (Original)
      • VAT / TIN Certificate (original)
      • List of items approved by the Investment Department to be imported by the enterprise
      • BOI Registration Certificate (original)
      • List of authorized signatories approved to sign import/export cusdecs (names, designations, NIC/Passport numbers and signatures of three personnel) – 02 originals certified by the Chairman / Managing Director of the enterprise
      • A certified copy of Form 48, Form 1 sent to the Registrar of Companies
      • A certified copy of Form 2A (Certificate of Incorporation)

The relevant application form 45/FO/IS/31 could be downloaded for this purpose.

After registration with the IS Department you are also required to register with the ADP Unit of Sri Lanka Customs as per the FORM FOR THE REGISTRATION OF IMPORTERS & EXPORTERS IN TERMS OF SECTION 115 OF THE CUSTOMS ORDINANCE. You are required to register as a declarant with Sri Lanka Customs if you propose to affect your own Imports/Exports without utilizing the services of a clearing agent using the URL below.

www.customs.gov.lk

Once registered with the Investor services Department, you are eligible to obtain services as per the agreement signed with the BOI.

In line with the ASYCUDAWORLD system, registration in the Investor Services Department under Import Export Monitoring System (IEMS) for the purpose of payment of BOI service charges for import/export and other services is requested.

Also you are required to open a prepaid account with the Investor Services Department of BOI, by you or your clearing agent (Declarant) for the purposes given below.

Introduction

Procedure for Effecting Exports

BOI Enterprises are permitted to export their finished products on Duty Free basis, as approved by the agreement entered into with the BOI

First Export Consignment

Enterprises should obtain the Certificate of Conformity (COC) from the Engineering Approvals Department/Regional Office or the respective Zone office before effecting the first export. The relevant application form 45/FO/IS/35 could be downloaded from the Website.

Documentation for Exports

Request for exports should be made under Cusdec declaration I and II and submitted to the relevant BOI Service Centre for approval.

Air freight / Sea freight 02 copies of CUSDECs (Security copy & BOI copy)
02 copies of Commercial Invoices

 

  • As and when Certificate of Origin for export of Apparels is issued by the BOI, an additional copy of the CUSDEC is required
Export of Textile and Apparel Products
  • Quota allocation for exports to India could be obtained from the Department of Commerce prior to processing export documents.
  • Certificate of Origin for export to India will be issued by the Department of Commerce
  • Certificate of Origin with regard to exports to European Union (EU) countries will be issued by the relevant BOI service centre
  • For all other countries Certificates of Origin should be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce
Exports other than Textiles & Apparel
  • Obtain Approval from relevant government authorities, if required.
Taxes Applicable for Exports
Export Cess

Export Cess should be paid for applicable items at the rates specific to the relevant HS code, specified under the customs tariff

Temporary Export / Re-Exports

BOI also permits temporary export of the following items

  • Temporary export of Machinery and Equipment for repairs and return
  • Temporary export of items, for processing and return (Embroidery, Printing, ….etc)
  • Re-export of excessive, rejected or defective raw meterials
  • Re-export of raw material & accessories when an order is transferred to another country

You should make a request to the relevant service centre for approval on submission of the re-export/temporary export application. The respective form is 45/FO/IS/05 and could be downloaded from the BOI website.

Submission of Export Documents

Export documents should be submitted electronically through ASYWORLD using the DTI (Direct Trader Input) facility.

Verification of Cargo

In addition to the Central Verification Terminal (Orugodawatta) and Air Cargo Terminal (Katunayake), BOI has several other centres for verification of import / export cargo by enterprises, located in the following Export Processing Zones.

BOI has several centres for examination of import / export cargo by enterprises, including the following Free Trade Zones.

  • Katunayake Export Processing Zone
  • Biyagama Export Processing Zone
  • Koggala Export Processing Zone
  • Kandy Industrial Park
  • Mirigama Export Processing Zone
  • Wathupitiwela Export Processing Zone
  • Malwatta Export Processing Zone
  • Seethawake Export Processing Zone
  • Horana Export Processing Zone
  • MAS Fabric Park

All enterprises located in the above Export Processing Zones can get their cargo verified at the respective zone in which the company is located. The company should register import or export documents after payment of verification charges at the said verification unit and a verification officer will be assigned for verification of cargo at the factory. Enterprises located close to KEPZ, BEPZ, Koggala EPZ, Kandy Industrial Park and MAS Fabric Part can also avail themselves of this facility. Only a random verification will be effected and in the event a shortage or excess of imported cargo is detected after cargo is taken to factory premises, the Enterprise should inform the respective service centre within 01 week of clearance of cargo.

Verification of Import and Export Cargo at Terminals

The BOI has two verification terminals to cater to the requirements of enterprises located outside the Export Processing Zones, namely CVT – Orugodawatta and ACTU – Katunayake

Central Verification Terminal (CVT) – Orugodawatta

Central Verification Terminal at Orugodawatta has been established to verify Sea Freight, Import / Export cargo of enterprises obtaining services from the Colombo Service Centre. This unit is open 24 hours of the day and offers a specialized service to its customers. Enterprises are requested to pay the relevant verification charges and register details of cargo at the unit for verification.

Air Cargo Terminal (ACT) – Katunayake

Air Cargo Terminal located at Katunayake has been established to verify Air Freight Import / Export cargo. This office is also open 24 hours of the day and BOI enterprises can obtain services by making online payment of service charges and registration of the cargo.

Enterprises should produce cargo for verification either to the CVT, ACT or the respective EPZ no sooner it is cleared from the port or airport. Enterprises should also ensure that cargo declared on the import and export cusecs have been physically imported and exported. Discrepancies of any nature should be identified and the respective service centres should be kept informed within 01 week of clearance or loading.

Provision of other services by the Investor Services Department
Transfer / Purchase of Material & Accessories

BOI Enterprises are permitted to transfer raw material and accessories between BOI and non-BOI enterprises coming under the perview of Sri Lanka Customs to be used for production of items for export.

For this purpose, you should obtain approval from the respective Investor Service Center using the application form 45/FO/IS/09 which can be downloaded from our website.

You are also requested to submit a CUSDEC prior to effecting the transfer.

Sub-contracts for Urgent Production Orders

Sub-contracting to meet your urgent production orders would be permitted if requested. The relevant application form 45/FO/IS/06 should be used to obtain approval for subcontracts of enterprises located in Export Processing Zones. The two enterprises (the awarder and the subcontractor) should be solely responsible for the raw material taken for subcontracting & also for the finished items which should be returned to the awarder after finalizing the subcontract.

GRNs in respect of the subcontract should be submitted by the BOI enterprises effecting the subcontract as proof of performance of the enterprise.

Sale of Finished Products in Local Market

Sale of finished products in the local market is permitted as per the conditions laid out in the agreement. Sale is subject to payment of customs duty and other levies determined by Sri Lanka Customs.

The respective application form 45/FO/IS/30 should be downloaded from the website.

Loan of Machinery & Equipment

Transfer of Machinery on loan or rental basis.

BOI Enterprises could obtain or transfer Machinery and Equipment to/from another BOI enterprise on loan basis. They could also obtain machinery and equipment from a non-BOI enterprise on rental basis. The respective application form 45/FO/IS/13 to be submitted to the relevant IS center for this purpose, could be downloaded from the website.

Sale / Purchase of Items / machinery & Equipments Imported on Duty Free Basis manufactured at the enterprise

Sale/purchase of machinery/equipment imported on duty free basis is permitted between BOI enterprises, on a case by case basis. Also items manufactured at an enterprise are permitted to be sold to another BOI enterprise as project related item/s of the purchasing party.

For this purpose you are required to submit form 45/FO/IS/44 to the relevant service Center

Removal of Machinery Equipment from the zone for Repairs/Modification & Return

Temporary removal of machinery, spare parts and other equipment imported on duty free basis for repairs and modifications from a zone is also permitted to BOI enterprises on obtaining the approval from the relevant service center. If the quantity of machines is more than 5, the company has to submit a corporate guarantee to the relevant Investor Services Center.

For this purpose you are required to submit form 45/FO/IS/43 to the relevant service Center.

Indirect Exports

BOI Enterprises which manufacture raw material, consumables, and accessories are permitted to sell their products to manufacturer of garments and other items for the purpose of manufacture and export of final product, in terms with the BOI agreement.

BOI enterprises willing to avail themselves of the VAT concessions available under the Simplified VAT Scheme (SVAT), should register for the scheme monitored by the Inland Revenue Department..

Mr. M. Ramanayake

Executive Director (Investor Services)

Email: mahindar@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112 331 911/ +94 112 427432

Mobile: +94 773 043 241 Fax: +94 112 430 625

Mr. A K Rajakaruna

Director (Investor Services)

Email: anandar@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112 342 401 / +94 11 242 7430

Mobile: +94 777 805 772 Fax: +94 112 430 625

Imports Unit

Mr. T Vinopa

Senior Deputy Director

Email : vinopat@boi.lk

Tel : + 94 112 54 30 42

Mobile : + + 94 778097865 Fax : + 94 112 47 31 27

Mr. W.A. Samanpriya

Deputy Director

Email: samanpriyaw@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112 342402

Mobile: +94 77 6959677 Fax: +94 11 2 473127

Mr. A.P. Wedage

Deputy Director

Email: wedagea@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112 342402

Mobile: +94 714416364 Fax: +94 112473127

Mr. Jagath Weerasekera

Deputy Director

Email: jagathw@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112342404

Mobile: +94 714499838 Fax: +94 112473127

Mr. G D Ratnayake

Deputy Director

Email: ratnayakeg@boi.lk

Tel: +94 1122336876

Mobile: +94 773671073 Fax: +94 112430625

Mr. H A G D Thilakarathne

Deputy Director

Email: thilakh@boi.lk

Tel: +94 1122336876

Mobile: +94 718464195 Fax: +94 112473127

Mr. E A Vijithananda

Deputy Director

Email: vijithanandae@boi.lk

Tel: +94 1122336876

Mobile: +94 711301458 Fax: +94 112430 625

Exports Unit

Mrs. Rukshani Fernando

Senior Deputy Director

Email: rukshanif@boi.lk

Tel: +94 1122 33 19 12

Mobile: +94 778 148 256 Fax: +94 112 342 405

Mr. Nandasena Rathnayake

Deputy Director

Email: nandasenar@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112 241 878

Mobile: +94 715 174 135 Fax: +94 112 342 405

Mr. U.P.A.G. Jayalath

Deputy Director

Email: jayalathg@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112 435 407

Mobile: +94 77 6524 628 Fax: +94 11 234 2405

Verification & Services Unit

Mrs. S.K. Boteju

Senior Deputy Director

Email: kalyanib@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112342 403

Mobile: +94 777 807 662 Fax: +94 112 323 134

Mr. K D S Ranatunga

Deputy Director

Email: sarathre@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112323383

Mobile: +94 714851076 Fax: +94 112 323 134

Mr. W J Padukka

Deputy Director

Email: padukkaj@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112323383

Mobile: +94 77 358 9979 Fax: +94 112 323 134

Central Verification Terminal

Mr. Rohan P Wedage

Deputy Director

Email: wedagep@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112053423

Mobile: +94 76 9117717Fax: +94 112547485

Air Cargo Terminal

Mr. Srimal Jayawardena

Deputy Director

Email: srimalj@boi.lk

Tel: +94 112265183

Mobile: +94 77 3589961 Fax: +94 11 2251830

Mr. Bandula Jayasekara

Deputy Director

Email: bandulaj@boi.lk

Tel: +94 11252155

Fax: +94 11 2251830

Mr. K R P Grero

Deputy Director

Email: grerop@boi.lk

Tel: +94 11 4833834

Fax: +94 11 2251803

Katunayake Export Processing Zone

Documentation Unit

Senior Deputy Director [Investor Services]

Mr. M.V. Wijesinghe

Email : wijesinghev@boi.lk

Tel -0112 252 363

Mobile – 076 9729401

Deputy Director

Ms. Makila Rajaratne

Email : makilas@boi.lk

Tel : 011 2252 358

Deputy Director

Ms. W.S. Piyaseeli

Email : piyaseelis@boi.lk

Tel : 011 2252 358

Deputy Director

Mr. Saman Wijegunawardena

Tel : 011 22 52 358

Visa & Services Unit

Deputy Director

Ms. M. Ariyadasa

Email : lakshmia@boi.lk

Tel : 011 22 55 149

Deputy Director

Ms. Roshini Perea

Tel : 011 22 55 149

Verification Unit

Deputy Director

Mr. Hemantha Gamage

Email : hemanthag@boi.lk

Tel : 011 22 52 361

Deputy Director

Mr. J K Vithanage

Tel : 011 22 25 361

Deputy Director

Mr. Channa Wanniarachchi

Tel : 011 22 52 361

Biyagama Export Processing Zone

Senior Deputy Director [Investor Services]

L L Ravindra Prasad

Email : ravindrap@boi.lk

Tel -0112465216

Fax -0112465210

Mobile – 0777800253

Verification Unit

Deputy Director [Verification]

K K S U Upulsiri Perera

Email : upulsirip@boi.lk

Tel: 0112465219

Fax – 0112487002

Mobile -071-8100867

Documentation Unit

Deputy Director [Documentation]

M A Anura

Email : anuram@boi.lk

Tel 0112465218

Fax – 0112465210

Mobile – 0718600052

Kandy Industrial Park

Mr. T.M. Prassanna Tennakoon

Deputy Director (Investor Services)- KIP

Email: prasannat@boi.lk

Tel:94 812 420 019

Mobile:94 718 058 479 Fax:94 812 420 091

Koggala Export Processing Zone

Mr. M W G Punyawansa

Deputy Director (IS)

Email: punyawansag@boi.lk

Tel:94 912 283 455/ 94 912 283 425 PABX – 229

Fax:94 912 283 370

Seethawaka Export Processing Zone

Deputy Director

Mr. K T A D R Kasthuriratne

E Mail : kasthuriratner@boi.lk

Tel : 036 22 31 081

Fax : 036 22 31 083

Horana Export Processing Zone

Assistant Director

Mrs. Nelusha S Wickramasinghe

E Mail : nelushaw@boi.lk

Tel : 034 2258077

Fax : 034 2255687

Malwatta Export Processing Zone

Deputy Director

Mrs. M K A Malkanthi

E Mail : malkanthia@boi.lk

Tel : 033 2296166

Fax : 0332288826

Wathupitiwela Export Processing Zone

Assistant Director

Mrs. H A A P Piyasiri

E Mail : piyasiria@boi.lk

Tel : 033 2283040

Fax : 0332283040

North Western Regional Office

Administrative Officer

Mrs. Ganga Bandara

E Mail : bangab@boi.lk

Tel : 0372277037

Fax : 0372277036

Polgahawela Export Processing Zone

Administrative Officer

Mr. Lakshman Weragoda

E Mail : luxmanw@boi.lk

Tel : 0372244657

Mawathagama Export Processing Zone

Management Assistant

Mr. Tharanga Samarakoon

E Mail : tharangas@boi.lk

Tel : 037 2298147

Mirigama Export Processing Zone

Management Assistant

Ms. Chamari Madushani

E Mail : chamarim@boi.lk

Tel : 033 2274657