Sri Lanka: Exporter Guide

Sri Lanka has made significant progress in rebuilding its economy following its 26-year civil war in 2009. With a population of 22 million, Sri Lanka has emerged as a small, but growing market for imported consumer food products. While many imported foods face high tariffs and nontariff barriers, market opportunities are emerging along with Sri Lanka’s growing consumer demand and developing tourism and hospitality sectors. Tourism, a rapidly evolving culinary scene, and a robust modern retail sector serve to create avenues for imported products, particularly in urban and tourist areas. Exporters seeking to establish products in Sri Lanka should determine if their product has market access, identify dependable local partners, and start small.

Sri Lanka: Exporter Guide