Sri Lanka General Requirements

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General Information

For enquires about this standard email the Plant Exports Team:

plantexports@mpi.govt.nz

Please state the nature of your enquiry in the subject line e.g. Sri Lanka query or pest interception or password re-set.

For urgent enquiries please phone + 64 4 894 5693

Scope

The requirements listed in this Importing Country’s Phytosanitary Requirement (ICPR) document apply to product of New Zealand only, unless specifically stated.

This ICPR specifies Sri Lanka’s phytosanitary requirements. If a commodity or commodity group is not identified within this ICPR exporters should direct enquiries to:

• Sri Lanka’s directly in order to ascertain requirements

or

• Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)-Plant Exports.

Users of this document are strongly advised to review all sections of the ICPR for the determination of a commodity’s phytosanitary requirements.

Phytosanitary Legislation

The following legislation controls the importation of plants and plant materials into Sri Lanka: Plant Protection Act No. 35 of 1999

Fees and charges

Please note that the determination and provision of phytosanitary requirements for a commodity not listed within the ICPR may be undertaken on a cost recovered basis. A link to the list of Plant Exports Fees and Charges is available on http://mpi.govt.nz/exporting/food/fruit-and-vegetables/fees-and-charges/ (offsite link to mpi.govt.nz)

General Requirements

Prohibitions

Table 1. Prohibited commodities into Sri Lanka.

Scientific Name

Common Name

Plant Part Prohibited

Anacardium spp.

Cashew

Plant material

Annanas spp.

Pineapple

Vegetative propagating material

Araceae

Taro and related plants

Planting material

Arachis spp.

Groundnut

Planting material

Artocarpus spp.

Breadfruit

Plant material from areas where " Pingalap " diseases are known to occur

Camellia spp.

Tea and related plants

Planting material

Citrus spp.

Citrus

Plant material

Cocos spp.

Coconut and related plants

Plant material

Coffee

Coffee

Plant material

Elaies spp.

Oil palm

Plant material

Eugenia spp.

Clove and related plants

Plant material

Fragaria spp.

Strawberry

Vegetative propagating material

Glycine max

Soybean

Planting material

Gossypium spp.

Cotton and related plants

Plants with the exception of seed or baled cotton. If originating from the Western hemisphere, such seed or baled cotton must be fumigated by a method approved by the Director of Agriculture as being effective against the Mexican Boll Weevil (Anthonomus grandis)

Helianthus spp.

Sunflower and related plants

Vegetative propagating material

Hevea spp.

Rubber

All

Homeria spp.

Cape Tulips

Plant Material

Ipomea spp.

Sweet potato

Planting Material

Lactuca spp.

Lettuce

Planting material of Lactuca unless the seed has been certified by the exporting country to be free of lettuce mosaic virus

Lycopersicum spp.

Tomato

Planting material of Lycopersicum, unless the seed has been acid extracted or otherwise or treated to prevent transmission of seed-borne diseases

Mangifera spp.

Mango

Vegetative propagating material

Manihot spp.

Cassava

Planting material

Musaceae

Banana, Plantain, Abaca

Vegetative planting material of the family Musaceae

Nicotiana spp.

Tobacco

Planting material except seed where the seed is imported under a Plant Import Permit

Oryza spp.

Rice

All except processed rice for consumption

Palmae

Palm

All

Piper nigrum

Pepper

Vegetative propagating material

Rubus spp.

Blackberry

Plant Material

Rosaceae

Apple / Pears

Vegetative propagating material

Saccharum spp.

Sugar cane

Vegetative propagating material

Solanum spp.

Potato

Seed tubers of Solanum Refer to the Commodity Specific Requirements for Bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers (for propagation)

Spartina spp.

Rice Grass

Plant Material

Theobroma spp.

Cocoa

Plant Material

Vitaceae

For example grapes

Vegetative propagating material of the family Vitaceae

Zea mays

Maize

Planting materials of Zea mays except seed, from countries where Erwinia stewarti does not occur

 

Aquatic plants

All

 

Compost

All

 

Manure

All

 

Soil

All

 

Any plant capable of further growth or propagation, and originating in the American tropics or in any country in which South American Leaf Blight (Microcyclus ulei) occurs

Plant Material

 

Fruit and vegetables for consumption, from countries where fruit flies (family Tephritidae) not recorded in Sri Lanka are known to occur

All, unless the fruit and vegetables are certified by the exporting country to have been grown in an area where fruit flies are not known to exist, or that the fruit and vegetables have treated in a manner approved by the Director of Agriculture to kill all fruit fly larvae

 

Taro and related plants

Planting Material

Phytosanitary Import Permits

Phytosanitary import permits state the phytosanitary requirements for importation

Phytosanitary import permits are required for the importation of all commodities

Phytosanitary import permits and conditions of import may be requested from:

Director (Seed Certification & Plant Protection)
No. 1, Sarasavi Mawatha, Peradeniya
PO Box 74

Phone: 08-388077, 08-388044
Fax: 08- 388077
E-mail: scppc@sltnet.lk

Or

Deputy Director (Plant Quarantine)
National Plant Quarantine Service
Canada Friendship Road
Katunayaka
Phone: 01-252028, 01-252029
Fax: 01- 253709
E-mail: npqs@sltnet.lk

Or for general import conditions refer url below: www.agridept.gov.lk (offsite link to www.agridept.gov.lk)

Phytosanitary Certificates

Phytosanitary certificates must be issued within 14 days prior to export.

NOTES:

    1) The inspection date needs to be stated in the “Date of inspection” field on the phytosanitary certificate. This has been advised through commercial trade channels.

    The inclusion of the inspection date is optional and is at the exporters own risk.

    2) AD’s given below are indicative only, and are provided to guide exporters on conditions that Sri Lanka have previously required. Exporters should refer to conditions identified upon their current phytosanitary import permit.

Quarantine Pests

Not specified by Sri Lanka

Maximum Pest Limits (MPL’s)

Please note; for all commodities exported to Sri Lanka requiring MPI phytosanitary certificates, the following levels have been set by MPI to facilitate exports while still meeting the importing country’s minimum requirements for specified quarantine pests and soil.

Quarantine pests* specified by Sri Lanka 0.5%
Soil (for all plant products excluding seed for sowing) 25g/600unit
Soil (seed for sowing) 0.1% by weight

*Quarantine pests for Sri Lanka include organisms identified within:

  • Quarantine pests of this standard
  • Additional declarations
  • Phytosanitary import permit

Note: Where an importing country does not specify any quarantine, the MPL of 5% is to be applied for all injurious pests. Refer Section 2.4 of MPI Plant Exports New Zealand Export Certification Standard: Technical Requirements: Phytosanitary Inspection, refer URL below:

http://www.mpi.govt.nz/document-vault/7968 (offsite link to www.mpi.govt.nz)

Inspection on Arrival

All plant material will be subject to inspection upon arrival

Sampling Rate

Not specified by Sri Lanka

Ports of Entry

No plants shall be imported into Sri Lanka except through one of the following ports or places of entry:

  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Kankesanturei
  • Katunayake
  • Palaly
  • Talaimannar
  • Trincomalee

Transit Requirements

Commodities normally prohibited entry to Sri Lanka may be inspected during transit.

Wood packaging

Refer to forestry ICPR for Sri Lanka, link below:
http://www.mpi.govt.nz/law-and-policy/requirements/importing-countries-phytosanitary-requirements/forestry-icprs/sri-lanka (offsite link to www.mpi.govt.nz)

Last updated: 8 April 2011