Parcel delivery to Sri Lanka
The Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is also known as the "Teardrop of India". Its deep harbours and strategic location have made it a trading center since the days of the Silk Road. There is a great diversity of religions and spoken tongues. The official languages are Sinhala and Tamil. As a crossroad of great importance there are an abundance of options for transportation, including one international spaceport in construction. But there is a poverty rate of about 50%. The economy relies heavily on textile manufacturing and agriculture.
Customs for parcel shipping to Sri Lanka
Usually shipments worth less than $100 USD are considered free domicile shipments. Imports that are valued at over $100 USD will be held by Sri Lankan Customs for exchange control clearance. In this case there will be additional charges of warehousing fees, statutory handling, duty and tax forwarding surcharge, 10% surcharge, 1.5% social responsibility levy, 5% Port and Airport levy, 12% VAT, a customs inspection fee of 350 LKR, computer charges of 250 LKR, handling charges of 2,000 LKR, and a 1% National Building Tax.
Security concerns when shipping parcels to Sri Lanka
It is prohibited to import the following goods into Sri Lanka: illicit narcotics or dangerous drugs, pornography or obscene material, any materials that ridicule a religious belief, bearer documents, firearms and ammunition, and personal effects. It is prohibited to import Hazardous materials or dangerous goods into Sri Lanka and these may include: acids, batteries, biological products, chemicals, corrosives, cosmetics, flammables, gases, ice, infectious substances, liquids, magnets, oxidizers, paints, perfume, poisons, radioactive material, or toiletries.
Parcel documents delivering to Sri Lanka
Each shipment should have an original invoice as well as two copies. The cosignee's complete contact information should appear in the invoice. A standard declaration is recommended for those who wish to receive preferential treatment towards taxes and duties. The declaration includes a commercial and a certificate of origin. This declaration must be stamped by customs of the export country. Imports of antiques or fine art need include an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.