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Importation of Vehicles Under the Gift Scheme for Organizations

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If Gift Tax free importations are required, a letter of exemption should be obtained from the Ministry of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
Import of vehicles for personal use by a non-national resident of Sri Lanka using foreign earnings.


  1. The vehicle should be right-hand driven and meant for the exclusive use of the license holder or his family.
  2. The vehicle should not be leased out, mortgaged or taken away from Sri Lanka when the license holder leaves the country
  3. Should not be a resident of Sri Lanka
  4. The registration number of the vehicle should be controlled in the registration
  5. The vehicle should be registered in the name of the license holder within 2 weeks of clearance of the vehicle
  6. The vehicle should not be purchased out of the applicant's own funds
  7. All support documents should be provided
  8. The vehicle should be totally operative within the Company organization

Support Documents Required

  • A copy of the Passport
  • Documents to support the date of arrival in Sri Lanka, period of stay and reasons for staying in Sri Lanka
  • Visa details
  • Vehicle registration documents
  • Documents to identify the licensee
  • Latest bank statements and relevant documents to prove the particulars of fund available with the applicant
  • If applicant possesses a motor vehicle abroad particulars and a copy of the original registration of vehicle.

Submission Procedure
Obtain Application Forms and Documents
Counter – Unit 02

Making Payments
Counter – Cashier

Submission of Application Form Request Letter and Documents
Counter – Unit 02

Application Forms


Step 1: Obtain the Application Form from Unit 02
Step 2: Submission of filled application and the relevant Support documents to Unit 02
Step 3: If all the support documents are submitted and application is filled properly, direct the applicant to the Cashier
Step 4: Applicant pays the license fee to the cashier and submits the invoice to Unit 02
Step 5: Issue of the license


  • If the relevant support documents are not submitted, then the applicant will be notified about the missing documents
  • If the Application Form is not filled properly, the applicant will be assisted to fill the Form.

Time Line
Process Time Line: One to Two days

Submission Time Line
Obtain Application Form and Documents

Counter – Uinit 02
Time – 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Working Days – Monday to Friday
Holidays – Public and Mercantile Holidays

Making Payments

Counter – Cashier
Time – 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Working Days – Monday to Friday
Holidays – Public and Mercantile Holidays

Submission of Application Form

Counter – Unit 02
Time – 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
Working Days – Monday to Friday
Holidays – Public and Mercantile Holidays

Validity Time Line: The validity period for this service is 03 months

Note: If the applicant wishes to get an extension on the validity period he/she should make a request with valid reasons to the Controller. The Controller will decide whether to grant the request or not.

Costs Related to the Service

Cost: No cost involved in obtaining Application

Fee: Fee would be 0.1 % of the CIF value mentioned below.

Penalties: When the import exceeds the invoice value, the difference should be paid.

Surcharge: No surcharge involved in this service.

Special Cases
If in any case that the applicant wishes to extend the validity period a request should be forwarded to the Controller. The Controller will examine the request and decide whether to grant the request or not.

Organization Information

Department of Imports and Exports Control

No: 75 1/3,
1st Floor,
Hemas Building,
York Street,
P.O. Box - 559,
Colombo 01.

Mr. A. H. L. De Zoysa
Telephones:+94-11-2326774/+94 112 322046/+94 112 322053/+94 112 322007
Fax Nos:+94 112 328 486

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Last Updated On: 2011-09-01 12:42:36
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