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US$ 96.16mn
FDI inflows to India from April 2000-March 2021

US$ 4.14bn

Bilateral trade during fiscal 2020-21

Indian expatriates are living in Sri Lanka


Rank out of 190 countries in the World Bank's 2020 Ease of Doing Business Index, Sri Lanka offers high-margin opportunities.


Sri Lanka is located at the intersection of the world's most import sea trade routes between Asia, and Africa, Europe, and the Gulf.


Sri Lanka offers investment opportunities in fuel retail, IT, financial services, infrastructure, telecoms, tourism, food processing, etc.


Sri Lanka is among the major recipients of development assistance from India US$3 billion, including US$560 million purely in grants.


Trade between the two countries has grown rapidly after the entry into force of the India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement in 2000.

India's Exports and Imports to Sri Lanka

India-Sri Lanka Foundation

+91-11-2301-0201; 2301-0202; 2301-0203; 2301-7498

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No 27, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri New Delhi, India

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

+94-11-242-1745/7; 558-8800

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50, Navam Mawatha, Colombo 02, Sri Lanka.

National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka


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532/4K, Sirikotha Lane,, Galle Road, Colombo 00200, Sri Lanka

Indian Trade Promotion Organisation


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Pragati Bhawan, Pragati Maidan New Delhi-110001 (INDIA)

Export-Import Bank of India


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Centre One Building, Floor 21, World Trade Centre Complex, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400 005

High Commission of India, Colombo


+94-11-232-7587; 242-1605, 242-2788/89

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36-38, Galle Road,
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Assistant High Commission of India, Kandy


+94-81-222-2652; 222-3786

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No. 31, Rajapihilla Mawatha, P.O. Box 47, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Consulate General of India, Jaffna

+94-21-222-0504; 222-0505

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No.14,  Maruthady Lane,  Nallur,  Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Consulate General of India, Hambantota


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No. 107 B, New Road, Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Commercial Representative


Shri Prem Kumar Nair
Consul General

Commercial Representative

+94-47-222-2507 / +94-77-3868-443

Shri Atul Aggarwal
Vice Consul


Agricultural exports

    Maize (corn), other than seed (100590)
    Malt extract; oth. food preps. of flour/groats/meal/starch/malt extact [see … (190190)
    Other wheat and meslin (100199)
    Semi-milled/wholly milled rice, whether or not polished/glazed (100630)


    Milk in powder/granules/oth. solid form, unsweetened, fat content by wt. >1 … (040221)


    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)
    Mixes & doughs for the preparation of bakers’ wares of 19.05 (190120)
    Preparations for infant use, put up for rs (190110)
    Prepared foods obt. by the swelling/roasting of cereals/cereal prods. (190410)
    Sauces & preps. therefor, n.e.s.; mixed condiments & mixed seasonings, n.e. … (210390)


    Food preps., n.e.s. (210690)


    Garlic, fresh/chilled (070320)
    Onions & shallots, fresh/chilled (070310)
    Potatoes other than seed potatoes, fresh/chilled (070190)


    Lentils, dried, shelled, whether or not skinned/split (071340)


    Fish preparations; mackerel, prepared or preserved, whole or in pieces (but not minced) (160415)
    Fish; dried, whether or not salted but not smoked, other than edible fish offal, other than cod (Gadus morhua, Gadus ogac, Gadus macrocephalus) (030559)
    Fish; frozen, n.e.c.in heading 0303, excluding fillets, livers, roes, and other fish meat of heading 0304 (030389)
    Fish; frozen, tuna, n.e.c. in item no. 0303.4, excluding fillets, livers, roes, and other fish meat of heading 0304 (030349)
    Fish; frozen, yellowfin tunas (Thunnus albacares), excluding fillets, livers, roes, and other fish meat of heading 0304 (030342)


Priority Sectors

Here are the leading sectors of opportunities for foreign investors

Top Import/ Export Items

India's top import from Sri Lanka
  • Almonds and other nuts
  • Pepper and spices
  • Precious and semi-precious stones
  • Water vessels
  • Building stones
India's top export to Sri Lanka
  • Bikes and vehicles
  • Cement
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Fabric and yarn
  • Rice

Bilateral Investors

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