Sri Lanka General Requirements

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General Information

For enquires about this standard email the Plant Exports Team:

To help Exports process your email please record in the subject line of your email descriptive keywords which are relevant to your enquiry i.e. ICPR enquiry-Country-specific details.

For urgent enquiries phone or fax the Plant Exports Team

Telephone: 64 4 894 5693
Fax: 64 4 894 0662


This standard specifies Sri Lanka’s phytosanitary requirements for the stated commodities only. If a commodity or commodity grouping is not identified within Commodity Class Requirements or Commodity Specific Requirements exporters should contact:

• Sri Lanka’s directly in order to ascertain requirements


• Ministry for Primary Industries New Zealand (Plant Exports). Please note, the determination of phytosanitary requirements is undertaken on a cost recovery basis

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

General Requirements


Scientific Name

Common Name

Plant Part Prohibited

Anacardium spp.


Plant material

Annanas spp.


Vegetative propagating material


Taro and related plants

Planting material

Arachis spp.


Planting material

Artocarpus spp.


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

Camellia spp.

Tea and related plants

Planting material

Citrus spp.


Plant material

Cocos spp.

Coconut and related plants

Plant material



Plant material

Elaies spp.

Oil palm

Plant material

Eugenia spp.

Clove and related plants

Plant material

Fragaria spp.


Vegetative propagating material

Glycine max


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.



Homeria spp.

Cape Tulips

Plant Material

Ipomea spp.

Sweet potato

Planting Material

Lactuca spp.


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

Lycopersicum spp.


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

Mangifera spp.


Vegetative propagating material

Manihot spp.


Planting material


Banana, Plantain, Abaca

Vegetative planting material of the family Musaceae

Nicotiana spp.


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

Oryza spp.


All except processed rice for consumption




Piper nigrum


Vegetative propagating material

Rubus spp.


Plant Material


Apple / Pears

Vegetative propagating material

Saccharum spp.

Sugar cane

Vegetative propagating material

Solanum spp.


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.


Plant Material


For example grapes

Vegetative propagating material of the family Vitaceae

Zea mays


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


Aquatic plants












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


Deputy Director (Plant Quarantine)
National Plant Quarantine Service
Canada Friendship Road
Phone: 01-252028, 01-252029
Fax: 01- 253709

Or for general import conditions refer url below: (offsite link to

Phytosanitary Certificates

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


    1) The following has been advised through commercial trade channels as being required on MPI Phytosanitary Certificates:

    An Additional Declaration with the following wording: "Product in this consignment was inspected on -/-/-."

    The inclusion of the inspection date statement 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 2.2.1 of MPI Biosecurity New Zealand Export Certification Standard Link to PDF document.

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.

Last updated: 8 April 2011