Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Import Control Regulations Suspend the Import of 26 Food and Agricultural Products

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   CE2023-0001


Office of Agricultural Affairs, Colombo   |   (011-94) (11) 249-8500

On August 23, 2022, the Sri Lankan government temporary suspended the import of 26 agricultural products. The Imports and Exports (Control) Regulations No. 13 (2022) is a quantitative import restrictive measure. The Sri Lankan government is ordering the temporary suspension of the import of 300 non-essential items, 26 items of which are food and agricultural products. Agricultural commodities subject to import suspension include condensed milk, yoghurt, chocolate, and other food preparations containing cocoa, oats, liquid coconut milk, beverages made of vegetables, milk, cereal, and tree nuts, and coconut-base arrack (distilled spirit). The new regulation should have limited impact on the trade of U.S.-origin agricultural commodities in terms of trade value.

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