National Chamber Workshop on “Import Procedures”

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National Chamber Workshop on “Import Procedures” 

The National Chamber of Commerce will conduct a One day Workshop on Import Procedures & Documentation on Saturday 20 June 2015 from 8.30 am to 4.30 p.m at the chamber auditorium No 450 D. R Wijewardene Mw, Colombo 10. 

The workshop is designed for those who are involved in importing, buying and sourcing from overseas. It provides an overview of the principles involved in successful importing, tips on how to avoid problems and ensure smooth running of contracts, profitably. 

Some of the subjects that would be discussed will be import administration steps,

Customs clearance at import, how duty and other levies are calculated.

Temporary import schemes in operation -including duty rebate Scheme,

Payment terms with regard to imports.

• Incoterms 2010 • Regulations pertaining to imports & issuance of licenses for imports * trade policy and role of the Import/Export Controller 

The Resource person will be Mr. J A D A Perera, Deputy Director of Customs, Sri Lanka Customs who has over 30 years of experience at Sri Lanka Customs and in various Departments. 

Participants will get an understanding to seek quotations and place orders efficiently, ensure correct documentation for customs clearance into Sri Lanka including VAT compliance and complete costing. 

It will be beneficial for those involved in sourcing goods from overseas, including sales, purchasing, production and accounts staff. It also provides a good overview necessary for senior managers who have to delegate responsibility. 

Participant pack includes course handouts and certificate. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For reservation kindly contact chamber TP 4741788 Buddika/Dilrukshi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




National Chamber Hosts the Ambassador of Cuba

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National Chamber  Hosts  the Ambassador of Cuba

The  Ambassador of Cuba H.E. Florentino Batista will  be the Special Guest Speaker at a session on “Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and Cuba “ on Tuesday 26 May 2015  from 3.00 p.m to 4.30 p.m at the Chamber Auditorium  No  450 D.R. Wijewardene  Mawatha, Colombo . He will speak on the current business trend, trade potential, opportunities for export, import, investment/ and other services available in Cuba. There will also be an interactive  session where the participants will get an opportunity to interact with the Ambassador.

Cuba is the largest Caribbean island , spans 44,200 miles  and cloaked in colonial charm with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a population  of  11.2 million residents, is a country waiting  to be explored….Cuba is interested in foreign investment, hotels and tourism .The main industries of Cuba are food production and industrial products/medical /pharmaceutical, biotechnology . Exports are sugar, nickel, seafood, citrus, tobacco products and rum. Cuba has  tobacco farming  which  contributes to economic growth. Cuba has a high literacy rate  of  99.8 percent., the second highest literacy rate in the world. The Cuban government spends ten percent of their central budget on education, making it free for all at every level, including all materials such as books and uniforms. Cuba has 47 universities with 112,000 citizens enroll. Due to the free education system, the cities are becoming filled with people pursuing higher education.  For registration for this session kindly contact Chamber. Mrs Fouad, 4741788 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka

National Chamber Hosts the High Commissioner of Canada

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National Chamber Hosts  the High Commissioner of Canada

The National Chamber of Commerce is holding a bilateral trade session with  the High Commissioner of Canada, Madam Shelley Whiting on Tuesday 28 April 2015 from 3.00 to 4.30 p.m at the National Chamber Auditorium No 450 D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha, Colombo-10. At this session the participants will get an opportunity to interact with the High Commissioner of Canada  and officials of the High Commision to discuss any issues with regard to trade with Canada.

Trade and Economic relations between Sri Lanka and Canada have increased over the years. “Apparel and clothing” has been the main item of export from Sri Lanka to Canada, which accounted to 54% of the total value of Sri Lanka`s exports to Canada in the past years. Other main items of exports to Canada are retreated or used pneumatic tyres of rubber, compounded rubber, raw bristle fibre of coconut (coir), tea, gloves, mittens & mitts, new pneumatic rubber tyres, other articles of vulcanised rubber other than hard rubber and preparations of cereals etc. Imports of wheat & muslin accounted for 83% of the value of total imports from Canada during the past  years. Other main imports from Canada are iron or steel & its articles, dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split, newsprint, in roll or sheets,  plastics and articles thereof, uncoated craft paper & paperboard,  and optical photographic, cinematographic etc.

Products and services which have potentials  from Sri Lanka to Canada are, Textile and apparel, Gem and jewellery, Rubber based products, Ceramics, Confectionary items, Leather products, Fresh & processed food. For reservation for the session, kindly contact chamber TP 4741788 Mrs Fouad or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


6 April 2015

“CEPA and Its Implications on Sri Lanka’s Economy”

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National Chamber Seminar /Forum on “CEPA and Its Implications on Sri Lanka’s Economy”       

The National Chamber of Commerce  is seriously concerned over the proposed signing of the CEPA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) with India. The business community feels, that CEPA  should be analysed in greater detail as regards the implications involved, advantages/disadvantages and most of all how itwill affect the economy of Sri Lanka  on overall basis.

In view of the above the National Chamber has organised an awareness seminar on CEPA on Wednesday 29 April 2015 from 3.00 p.m  to 5.00 p.m at the Chamber Auditorium No 450 D.R. Wijewardene Mawatha, Colombo-10. High level Government officials and prominent business leaders from the Private Sector will address the session and air their views on CEPA.

The  Special Guest will be Dr Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Policy Planning & Economic Affairs. Other speakers are Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, Chairman, LIRNEasia, Mr Samantha Kumarasinghe, Chairman, Nature’s Beauty Creation, Mr Kulatunga Rajapaksa, Managing Director, DSI Samson Group, Mr. Deshal de Mel, Senior Economist and moderated by Mr Anushka Wijesinha, Senior Economist. Mr R D S Kumararatne ,Director General of  Commerce will be a special invitee.


For further information kindly contact Ms Nirmani on TP 4 741 788 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., fax : 2689596.




The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka.

10 April 2015

National Chamber Launches Ayurveda EXPO 2015

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National Chamber Launches Ayurveda EXPO 2015


The National Chamber of Commerce officially launched Ayurveda EXPO 2015, International Indigenous Healthcare Exhibition on 27 February 2015 at Hilton Residences, under the patronage of Hon Dr Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health & Indigenous Medicine as Chief Guest. Heads of Government /Private Sector, Ayurveda Institutions and other distinguished guests graced the occasion.


The 3 day Mega Exhibition is scheduled to be held  on 3, 4 and 5 July 2015 at the BMICH Colombo in association with the Ministry of Health & Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Ministry of Industry & Commerce, Board of Investment, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau,  Dept of Commerce and other Institutions.


Ayurveda EXPO 2015 will focus on Manufacturers of Ayurveda/Herbal, Nature friendly Health foods & Beverages, Health resorts/spas, Ayurveda hospitals/Clinics, Educational Institutions, Yoga, Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Beauty Care products, Herbal Cosmetic products etc. A Symposium and public seminar on ayurveda and indigenous medicine also will be held participated by both local and international speakers. The objective of this exhibition is to promote Ayurveda system of medicine locally and internationally, to educate the public on achieving wellness through nature friendly indigenous medicine, to create a platform for local and overseas organization in the indigenous healthcare sector, to come together on one platform. In addition, the Chamber expects both local and foreign participation-exhibitors, visitors/delegations from countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan,  Nepal, Japan and China etc. Ayurveda EXPO organized by the National Chamber of Commerce commenced in April 2007, and continued in 2009, 2011 and 2013, all of which were concluded with great success. The exhibition is conducted for the 5th time this year.