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Investments limitations

01

WHY TO INSTALL LIMITS?

Sri Lanka is opened to investors from any country. However, the government introduced a number of restrictions for non-resident in order to safeguard strategically important industries.

02

WHICH SECTORS ARE CLOSED TO FOREIGN CAPITAL?

Those sectors include:

  • Loan services.
  • Pawn shops.
  • Retail business if capitalization if less than US $ 1 million.
  • Provision of security services, including counseling of individuals and organizations in the field of security.

03

WHICH SECTORS REQUIRE A SPECIAL PERMIT?

There are a number of industries where a special permission from the government or specialized government agencies responsible for foreign investment is required in order to run business.

Those sectors include:

  • Air conveyances.
  • Coastal fishing.
  • Manufacturing of arms, ammunition, explosives, military vehicles, military aircraft and other military equipment.
  • Manufacturing of poisons, drugs, alcohol, medicines, toxic, hazardous and carcinogenic substances.
  • Production of banknotes, coins or documents with degrees of protection.
  • Large-scale mechanized mining of gems.
  • Conducting lotteries and issue of lottery tickets.

04

WHICH SECTORS LIMIT PARTICIPATION OF NON-RESIDENTS TO 40%?

Those sectors include:

  • Production of goods where Sri Lankan exports is limited to certain international agreements on the basis of quotas.
  • Cultivation and primary processing of tea, rice, spices, rubber, cocoa and sugar.
  • Extraction and primary processing of non-renewable national resources.
  • Woodwork using local timber species.
  • Fishing (deep sea fishing).
  • Mass media.
  • Education.
  • Freight forwarding.
  • Travel agencies.

Please note that there is a legitimate and reliable way to actually control 100% of the business in these sectors when a competent legal structuring of the enterprise is provided.