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Information & Guideline for import of plants and plant products

The following guidelines are intended to facilitate plant and seed import, consistent with safety to crops in particular and the environment in general.

  1. Forms of plant material for import

Seeds, fruits, seedlings un rooted cuttings, rooted cutting long established plant, in-vitro cultures, pollen, fiber, fresh flowers, human consumption material (Ground nut, popcorn, Cashew etc.) animal feeds materials, spices, oil palm seeds, seed potatoes, dry herbs, bulbs etc.

  1. What you cannot import

    i. The Plant Protection Ordinance (Gazette Extraordinary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, No.               165/2, of Monday, November 02, 1981) lists prohibited/restricted plants.

    ii. Permits to imports prohibited the plants will be given only to appropriate research institutes of Sri Lanka

   iii. Any plant capable of further growth or propagation, and originating in the American tropics or any country in           which South American Leaf Blight (Microcyclusulei) occurs; countries of South Amreican leaf blight presents             (Brazil, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republican, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fr. Guiana,                     Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, St. Lucia, Surinam, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela)

  •  Examples for some import prohibited material.      

        1.  Rice (Oryzasativa) , except processed rice for consumption
        2.   Coconut
        3.   Rubber
        4.   Planting material of Tea
        5.   Coffee

  •  Examples for some restricted material.

            Maize, Tomato, Lettuce, Potato

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and living modified organisms (LMOs) are not allowed to import into Sri Lanka.

  1. Purposes of imports

      As mother stock, multiplication and export, cut flower production, ornamental purpose, processing,                        consumption, sale, or for research purpose etc.

  1. Facilities needed to handle the imported screen house, net house suitable storage facilities, and cold storages as the case may be.


  1. Plan well in advance, the importer shall obtain the relevant import permit in advance of the date on which the regulated article is dispatched from the country of origin


  1. Validity period of an import permit

     Normally the import permit is valid only for 3 months period but in some cases it may be change due to the             availability of the local production or with recommendation of the another supporting Department or Institution       (i.e. Cashew corporation, Department of export Agriculture)


  1. Extension of validity period of an issued import permit

      If there is any delay in transit of the consignment, the importer should request to the Additional Director NPQS        with mentioning the reason before expiry date with the original permit. The validity period of the permit will be        extended for the reasonable time period by the letter

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