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Procedure NameProcedure for Obtaining Vendors License for the importation of Telecommunication and radio communication equipment.



Responsible Agency       


Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka.

Address: No. 276, Elvitigala Mawatha,Colombo 08.

Phone: (+94) 11 2689345


Legal base of the Procedure

Sri Lanka Telecommunications (Amendment) Act No 27 of 1996

Processing time

One to Three days(without MOD clearance), 2 weeks (MOD clearance required)







Annual License Fee( (Rs.)


Manufacture/Import/ Sale/ Offer for Sale/ Deal-in






Maintenance or Repair












Manufacture/Import/ Sale/ Offer for Sale/ Deal-in Remote controlled Toys and Bluetooth Devices (Maintenance or Repair not necessary)






Required Documents


Type of documents


  1.  Comprehensive list of equipment intend to import
  2. Proforma Invoice/Custom Detention Receipt
  3. Technical specifications of the equipment listed in (a) above
  4. Evidence of authorization of frequency approved by TRCSL (if applicable)


  1. Proof of settlement of the Tax Invoice in full (if applicable)
  2. Commercial Invoice
  3. Copy of the Import Licence
  4. Copy of the Proforma Invoice –Item 1(a)
  5. Copy of the letter issued by TRCSL  to the applicant, addressed to the Controller/Imports & Exports allowing the importation of equipment mentioned Item



Process Steps

Step 1

Applicant should submit a duly filled application form together with aforesaid required documentation. Telecommunication Regulation Commission reviews application and if it’s not complete informs applicant to provide the missing documents as soon as possible.

Step 2

Application will be sent to the Ministry of Defense for clearance if needed.

Step 3

TRCSL will issue a no objection letter to the applicant, addressed to the Controller/Imports & Exports allowing the importation of equipment

Step 4

Tax Invoice would be prepared and rendered to the applicant by TRCSL (if charges are applicable)

Step 5

The TRCSL will issue a no objection letter to the applicant, addressed to the Director General of Customs on submission of documents stated in Item 2 of the above table.

 Step 6

When Payment Completed by applicant Telecommunication Regulation Commission issues the Vendor License



In case of mobile phone/data modem importation, TRCSL will issue a Reference Number, which should be pasted on the box of the mobile phone/data modem, in a form of a sticker for customer’s reference. Periodical inspection will be carried out by the Officers of TRCSL for the verification of whether the Reference Numbers are attached.



The following form/s are used in this procedure
TitleDescriptionCreated DateUpdated DateIssued By
This form is applicable for Vendors in the Importation of Telecommunication and Radio Communication Equipment08-12-201722-02-2018Telecommunication Regulatory Commision of Sri LankaThis is Dowload File
This procedure applies to the following measures
NameMeasure TypeAgencyDescriptionCommentsLegal DocumentValidity ToMeasure Class
Vendors License for Importing any Telecommunications and Radio Communication EquipmentLicensing RequirementTelecommunication Regulatory Commision of Sri LankaIn terms of provision of section 21 of the Telecommunication Act No.25 of 1991 as amended by Act No.27 of 1996, No person shall by way of trade manufacture, import sale, offer for sale, deal in, transfer, hire, lease, demonstrate, maintain or repair of any telecommunications apparatus except under the authority of a licence issued by the Telecommunication Regulation Commission.This measure is applicable for Importing of Telecommunication and Radio-Communication Equipment. A license must be applied for and application of the Vendors License is only through the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act No 25 of 1991 31-12-9999Good
Requirements for importation of Low Power Communication EquipmentGeneralMinistry of DefenceThis measure relates to low power communication equipment such as Cordless Telephones, Wireless Microphones, Remote Controlled Domestic equipment's (Such as Radio/TV Remote Controls, Door Openers, Burglar Alarms etc.),Remote Controlled Toys.The Application is made through the Telecommunications Regulation Commission. Clearance is granted by the Ministry of Defense for the importation of the low power communication equipment.Guideline on Procedure for importation of Low Power Communication Equipment.31-12-9999Good