Sri Lanka Import Regulations

Sri Lanka Flag
Country Code+94
Time Difference-3:30 Hours (UTC +5:30)
PortHambanthota / Colombo
Shipping LineK Line
CurrencySri Lankan rupee
DocumentsInvoice, BL, Deregistration

Year Restrictions

Cars: Less than 3 years from registration
Vans: Less than 5 years from registration & buddy van less than 4 years from registration
Buses: Less than 10 years from registration & less than 10 to 25 years from registration permit
Trucks: Less than 5 years from registration & buddy truck less than 10 to 25 years from registration permit

Popular Models

Cars: Aqua, GP5, Wagon R, Prius, X-Trail, Vezel
Vans: Hiace
Buses: Coaster, Rosa, Civilian, Hino
Trucks: ELF, Canter, Dyna, Titan

Shipping Port

Generally used vehicles are shipped to the maritime port of Colombo and Hambantota.

Road-worthiness Inspection

All Japanese used vehicles imported to Sri Lanka must be JAAI (Japan Auto Appraisal Institute) certified for roadworthiness

Right-Hand Drive Vehicles

Importation of only Right-Hand Drive (RHD) vehicles is allowed in Sri Lanka.

Import Taxes Rates

  • Duties: 5-35%
  • Motor vehicles: 25%
  • VAT: 12%
  • Ports and Airport Levy (PAL): Generally 5% of the CIF value, or in some cases at a reduced rate between 0% and 2.5%, of the CIF value.
  • Ad valorem rates: 1%- 45% (of the CIF value).
  • Nation Building Tax: Two percent of the sum of the CIF value X 110 percent, customs duty, cess, excise duty and PAL.

Documents Required for Port Clearance

  • Original Bill Of Lading
  • Owner's passport
  • Purchase Invoice
  • Transport Ministry Approval: It must be obtained by the importer prior to the shipping of left hand drive vehicle.
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Original Registration Certificate: The certificate should have an English translation.
  • Import License

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