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Sri Lanka Tea Board

Tea Exporter Registration

Trade, Business & Industry

Organisation: Sri Lanka Tea Board

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registration of tea exporters, tea warehouse, tea packers and tea importers


eligibility and required documents

registration of tea exporters

  • applicant should hold valid business registration certificates issued by the registrar of companies or provincial registrar of business names.
  • all new comers who wish to register as exporters of tea, should have a minimum capital (invested/paid up/working) of atleast rs.1 million. that should be proved by forwarding a letter obtained from the relevant bank or recognized financial institute.
  • the warehouse should be constructed according to standards given by sri lanka tea board.
  • the office should be established with all infrastructure facilities and the sufficient number of staff having some experience regarding the field of tea export should be recruited.

note – an applicant who wish to register as a tea exporter, should recruit atleast one tea taster to his staff with 3 years experience in a recognize institute.


registration of a warehouse

  • applicant should hold valid business registration certificates issued by the registrar of companies or provincial registrar of business names.
  • the minimum requirements for registration of a warehouse are as follows.
    - well cemented floor.
    - asbestos sheets, tile or metal roofing
    - plasted walls or walls made of metal sheets
    - appropriate drainage system in order to maintain hygienic standard and to maintain the moisture level for storing of tea.
    - storing capacity at 720 kgs per square feet.
    - a clean environment with required road access.
    - toilets away from the warehouse.
    - a scale with weighing capacity of 50 kgs or more.
    - a minimum floor area of 1 square meters for 16 tea chests (tea boxes) together with adequate room for handling tea 
    chests for export or local sales.

registration of tea packers - applicant should hold valid business registration certificates issued by the registrar of companies or provincial registrar of business names.
if the packing of tea for local market is done using a transparent material like polythene, then it is not required to register as a tea packer at the sri lanka tea board. else the registration is necessary.

registration of tea importers - applicant should be a registered tea exporter at the sri lanka tea board before taking the registration the tea importer.
applicant should have pre records to prove that he has worked as a tea exporter.


application procedure

application forms can be obtained from the tea export section placed at the head office of sri lanka tea board.

fees payable to obtain application forms - no payment is required.

time of accepting applications - applications may forward during office time in any working day of the week. (from 8.30a.m. to 4.15 a.m.)
note – the closing date of application would be published by the sri lanka tea board.

fees payable to obtain the service - those who are registered as new exporters and new packers should get their registration renewed annually. this condition is also applicable for warehouse registration.

for new registration (including 12% vat)
tea exporters – rs. 12,230/-
warehouse – rs. 1.120/-
tea packers – rs. 1,120/-

for renewal of the registration (including 12% vat)
tea exporters – rs. 1,120/-
warehouse – rs. 1.120/-
tea packers – rs. 560/-

note – no fees required for registration of tea importers.

time lapse to offer service -if the application forms are filled accurately, (no need to make correction regularly) the registration can be made a period of within two weeks.
note – the registration is offered for the applicant as a tea exporter after examining whether the office and the warehouse have been constructed according to regulations given by sri lanka tea board.


organization information

  sri lanka tea board

no.574, galle road,
colombo 3.



telephones:011-2587814
fax nos:011-2589132
email:
website: www.pureceylontea.com