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Issuance of Customs House Agent (CHA) Pass

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                                        Ministry of Finance
                             Sri Lanka Customs Department


Issuance of Customs House Agent (CHA) Pass


What is a Customs House Agent Pass?

  • CHA pass is an identification card issued to a person recognized as an authorized agent to associate with Customs officers. A CHA pass is valid for one year period from the date of registration


What are the benefits of having a CHA pass?

  • Has higher demand for recruitment in Logistics/ Clearing/ Shipping companies.
  • Can act as his sole declarent for clearing and shipping his own cargo
  • Foreign employment opportunities as shipping/ clearing agent
  • As an added qualification/ eligibility for academic studies in Logistics


What a CHA holder can do?

  • Can act (Sign documents/ present for Customs examinations and inquiries) as the authorized agent for his shipper/ consignee
  • Can enter to Customs premises without prior permission
  • Can submit shipping/ clearing documents (CUSDEC) to Customs and get them processed for shipment/ Clearing


How to obtain a CHA pass?

  • A person successfully completed the training and passed the exam for Custom House Agents, conducted by Human Resource Development Division (HRD) of Sri Lanka Customs can apply for a CHA pass
  • Application should accompany several mandatory documents and copies of them (please see below for the list of mandatory documents)


How to participate for the CHA training?

  • A person having passed six subjects including English, Mathematics and Sinhala/Tamil in GCE (O/L) can apply for the training course
  • Application should� accompany a request letter from a registered company


Mandatory documents to operate as a New Customs House Agent (Declarent)

  • Request Letter (Signed by the Proprietor/Partner/Director)
  • Duly Filed CHA Application
  • Business Registration Certificate
  • TIN Certificate
  • VAT Certificate
  • Application for Registration of Customs House Agent in Terms of Section 115 of� The Customs Ordinance
  • Form 1/Form 2A/Form 48/Form 20/Form 41
  • Articles of Association/Memorandum of Association
  • Shipping Agents Licenses (Only for Shipping Agents)
  • Cash Guarantee for Rs. 50,000/= (Expiry data should be one year from the first registration months)
  • Proof of Address (Electricity Bill/Water Bill/Telephone Bill)
  • Certified Copy of Deed or Lease Agreement
  • Location Map
  • Proprietor/Partner/Director and Applicants Photo with Specimen Signature with All details included in a Letter Head of the Company
  • Inventory List with all the serials of electronic equipments and office setup Plan
  • Applicant's
  1. National Identity Card
  2. Certificate of Competence (Customs Certificate)
  3. Police Report
  4. Preventive Certificate
  5. Grama Sevaka Certificate


Documents Mandatory to Renew Customs House Agent for 2015

  • Request Letter (Signed by the Proprietor/Partner/Director)
  • Duly Filled CHA Applications
  1. CUS/CHA (01) – one copy
  2. CUS/CHA (02) – who copies
  • Originals of
  1. Business Registration Certificate – BRC
  2. TIN Certificate
  3. VAT Certificate
  • Cash Deposit��� Rs. 50,000/=
  • Letter of Certificate issued by the Bank

    Bank should issue a letter certifying a Current Account is in operation in the name of Customs House Agent

  • Proof of Address

Electricity bill/Water bill/Telephone bill (within last two months)

  • Applicant’s (with photocopy)
  1. National Identity Card
  2. 2013 CHA pass and Photo copy of it (Both Sides)
  3. Certificate of Competence
  4. CIU Report (within 1 year is must)
  5. Police Report – Needs to be addressed to DGC Sri Lanka Customs (within two years)
  6. Grama Niladari Report – (obtained within six months)

Organization Information

Department of Customs

No 40,
Main Street,
Colombo 11.



Telephones:+94-11-2470945 to +94-11-2470948
Fax Nos:+94-11-2446364
Email:dgc@customs.gov.lk
Website: www.customs.gov.lk

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Last Updated On: 2015-07-14 17:08:00
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