Exports Directorate

Prohibitions and Restrictions


Export Control Licenses

Export Control License is required for the following items.

  1. Chanks
  2. Timber, i.e. Wood (including logs and sawn timber) classified under H.S. Chapter 44 excluding coconut shell charcoal, household utensils of wood and rubber wood.
  3. Passenger motor vehicles first registered in Sri Lanka prior to 1.1.1945
  4. Ivory and ivory products
  5. Steel scrap

Note: Ebony products are allowed to be exported on the recommendation of the National Craft Council.


The following License and permits are necessary for certain items under various Acts and Ordinances.


CommodityType of Approval/Authority
AntiquesArchaeological Certificate Archaeological Department
Timber & wooden articlesDepartment of Forest Conservation, Import and Export Control Department
TeaSri Lanka Tea Board
Quarantine or Veterinary CertificateAgriculture Department, Animal Production and Health
Export of registered vehiclesDe- Registration Certificate Commissioner of Motor Traffic.
Items under Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.( Plants and Animals)Forest Conservation Department.
Items under Fisheries OrdinanceFisheries and Aquatic Resources Department
Items under Excise OrdinanceExcise Department
Raw or dried Ayurvedic medicine/substances(commercial nature)Department of Ayurveda
Fire-Arms and AmmunitionMinistry of Defense.
Minerals HS headings in Chap25 and 26Geological Survey & Mines Bureau
Timber & wooden articlesDepartment of Forest Conservation
Readymade GarmentsMinistry of Industry and Commerce
Coconuts and coconut allied productsCoconut Development Authority

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