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Procedure Name General Import Control License



Responsible Agency       

Department of Import and Export Control

Address: 75 1/3, 1st Floor, Hemas Building, York Street, P.O. Box – 559, Colombo 01

Phone: +94-112-326774


Legal base of the Procedure

Import & Export Control Act No. 1 of 1969  

Processing time

Within three hours upon receiving correct documentation


License Fee – 0.2% of the Total Invoice value (C.I.F.)


Required Documents


Type of documents



Application Form

The applicant should be a Sri Lankan


Recommendation letter from Relevant Authority by authorizing the importation of such Product



Two Copies of Performa Invoice

Pro forma Invoice issued by the Importer or Supplier and it should include the following details :

  • Names and addresses of the  Importer
  • Details of the good or commodity, quantity and value
  • Country of origin
  • Country of shipment


Original copy and the Photocopy of the Business Registration Certificate (if the applicant is a Legal Person or National Identity Card(If the applicant is a Natural Person)



Process Steps

Step 1

Applicant should submit a duly filled application form together with aforesaid required documentation.

Step 2

Department of Import – Export Control shall verify relevant documentation and entering data into license issuing computer system and forward approval of the Additional Controller .

Step 3

After approving License request the system generates processing fee as pay in-voucher.

If the application is rejected, a written reply specifying relevant reasons shall be made with clearly stated reasons.

Step 4

Applicant should pay a processing fee as a fee for the license, thereafter he/she submit Receipt of payment to the officer in charge

Step 5

Licenses are issued with the signature of Additional Controller on behalf of Controller General Imports and Exports.





The following form/s are used in this procedure
TitleDescriptionCreated DateUpdated DateIssued By
Application for Import Control License for Chemical11-06-201811-06-2018Department of Import and Export ControlThis is Dowload File
Application for Import Control License for Miscellaneous11-06-201811-06-2018Department of Import and Export ControlThis is Dowload File
Application for Import Control License for Pharmaceuticals11-06-201811-06-2018Department of Import and Export ControlThis is Dowload File
Application for Import Control License for Telecommunication equipment 11-06-201811-06-2018Department of Import and Export ControlThis is Dowload File
This procedure applies to the following measures
NameMeasure TypeAgencyDescriptionCommentsLegal DocumentValidity ToMeasure Class
General Import Control LicenseLicensing RequirementDepartment of Import and Export ControlAn import license is required for the importation of certain commodities, according to the Import and Export Control Act and its amendment. The import license is issued by the Department of Import and Export Control. The import license requirement is applied to the importation of Insecticides and Pesticide substances, Non-Pesticides Chemicals, Chemicals, Petroleum Products & Lubricants, Radio Active Materials, Alcohol & Spirits, Live Animals & Animal Products, Corn & Maize and Cashew, Vehicles, Fish/Canned Fish, Tea, Explosives and Fire Arms, Coins, Sports Goods, Used Furniture,Sludge Oil , Metal Scraps and Waste, Plastic Food Containers, Western Drugs , Veterinary Medicine, Homoeopathic Drugs, Surgical Equipment,Industrial Chemicals, Mainly Ethyl alcohol (Ethanol) and Allied Products and Methanol Ethyl alcohol as an Ingredient for Alcohol, Perfumes and Allied Products, Other Industries and Laboratory TestsImports and Exports (Control) Act (Acts No. 1 of 1969; No. 48 of 1985; No. 28 of 1987)31-12-9999Good
Import Restrictions- Extraordinary Gazette No. 2189/4RestrictionDepartment of Import and Export ControlSome Commodities that comes under the import control License are suspended from 18th of August until further NoticeItems listed under Schedule I of this regulation and suspended from 18th of August until further NoticeExtraordinary gazette No. 2189/0409-09-9999Good