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Issuance of Certificates of Origin(COOs) under Preferential/Free Trade agreements

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DOC has been designated to issue Certificates of Origin under the following schemes;

  • Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)
  • Global System of Trade Preferences (GSTP)
  • Agreement on SAARC Preferential Trading Agreement (SAPTA)
  • Agreement on South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA)
  • Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)
  • Indo Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (ISFTA)
  • Pakistan Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (PSFTA)


Under the above Trade Agreements, exports from Sri Lanka are entitled for tariff preferences in the importing countries if the shipments are accompanied by COO issued by the DOC.


1.Company Registration in DOC

Required Documents

• Duly completed Application for Company Registration

• Certificate of Business Registration

2. Obtaining COOs

Required documents

•Duly completed COO
•Export Invoice
•Packing lists / attached list, etc
•Original of the verified Party copy of the Export CUSDEC
GSP form “A” issued by a member state under SAARC
regional cumulation
•Bill of Lading / Airway bill / Courier tags
•Approved Cost Statement (valid for 6 months)
•Affidavit accepted by the DOC for wholly obtained products, if
•Quota allocation letters, if applicable
•Any other relevant document


Charges for the registration of the company and issuance of COOs are as follows:

1. Initial registration of companies for Certificates of Origin - Rs 10,000/-
per Company (one time payment)

2. Issuance of COO - Rs 1,000 + VAT per certificate

3. Cancellation of COO and issue a fresh COO - Rs 1,000 + VAT per certificate

4. Issue of duplicate of COO - Rs 1,000 + VAT per certificate

5. Issue of additional copy of COO - Rs 500 + VAT per certificate

Opening hours for submitting applications

9.00 am to 12.15 pm and 12.45pm to 3.00 pm

Duration taken for issuance of COOs

For airfreight consignments – 2 hours
For sea cargos – 3 hours

Organization Information

Department of Commerce

4th Floor,
Rakshana Mandiraya,
Vaxuhall Street,
Colombo 02.

Mr. L.G. Dissanayake
Telephones:+94 11 2 329733 +94 11 2 436114 +94 11 2 327191
Fax Nos:+94 11 2 430233 +94 11 2 382490

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Last Updated On: 2014-11-12 14:09:29
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