A phytosanitary certificate is a document, which states that the material is free from quarantine and other injurious pests and that the importation agrees to the plant import rules of the importing country. Phytosanitary certificate issued by any country should conform to the model appended to international Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). It is issued only after thorough examination of the materials. Is necessary, treatments are given to the commodity depending on the conditions imposed by the importing country. Issuance must be done within 14 days prior to shipment of the material. Issue of phytosanitary certificate dispatch of the material considered to violate international standards.


The plant import permit is a document that contain a statement of conditions that must be observe for the importation of allowed plant material. The issue of the import permit depends upon the risk involved with respect to the plant materials imported and or the country of origin.

Subject to the provisions of the plant protection act No 35 of 1999 no plant shall be imported into Sri Lanka except under the authority and in accordance with the conditions, of a plant importation permit previously issued by the Director General of Agriculture or by an officer of the Department of Agriculture authorized in within by the Director General for that purpose.

Therefore, before importation of plant or plant product the importer should obtained a plant import permit. This permit is issued by the Additional Director National Plant Quarantine Service, Katunayake for Director General of Agriculture. It is done according to the regulations made under the Plant Protection act No 35 of 1999.