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 1. We Send proforma Invoice to you.
    Click here for sample copy of proforma invoice
    If you are a permit holder, make sure that you provide us with the permit number, since the invoice needs to depict this number.

2. Submit proforma invoice to your bank.
    Bank provide you application form. Please make sure your application form duly filled with accurate information. click here to find the sample copy of  application form.

3. Bank hold invoice amount and send LC (Letter of Credit) to our bank.
    Bank convert invoice amount to rupees based on the exchange rate of the date you submit the form.
     For Example 
                Pro Forma invoice amount is JPY 820,000.00
                Exchange rate 1.3626
                Rupee equivalent 1,117,000.00
      Bank charges would be
                LC Commission Rs. 3,000.00
                SWIFT Charges Rs. 2,000.000
4. Once we get confirmation from our bank we Ship the vehicle before the date mentioned in the proforma invoice and provide necessary documents to our bank.

5. Our bank send documents to your bank.

6. You can collect all the documents which you need for clear vehicle from port

7. Obtaining VAT and TIN certificates: (If you import vehicle for your person use and you are not tax payer you may want to skip steps 7 and 8)
     If this is the first time you are importing a vehicle, you will need to obtain temporary VAT and TIN numbers.
  • Where to go : Second floor of Inland Revenue building, Colombo 2
  • Fee: free of charge.
  • Documents to take:
  • Download the form here and fill it correctly 
            Original documents that you receive from your bank.
            Two copies each of the B/L, invoice, National ID.
Click here for registration procedure of Tax payer Identification Number (TIN)

8. Register the VAT and TIN numbers with Customs:
    You will need to fill Form 115. Download Vehicle Import Registration form (Form 115) here and get filled and sign from JP, Grama Niladari and Bank. make sure you bring photo when you visit JP as he should certify signing on your photo.)
  • Where to go : 3rd Floor, Times Building, Bristol Street, Colombo 01.
  • Fee: free of charge.
  • Documents to take:
            A duly filled form 115.
            Original and photocopies of the TIN and VAT certificates.
            Original and photocopy of National Identity Card.

9. Provide those document to your clearing company who support you clear vehicle from port.
    Clearing company get tax valuation from custom general.
  • Original documents you received through your bank.
  • TIN and VAT certificates.
  • If you are a permit holder, the relevant permit.
  • Your National ID card.
  • L/C copies certified by your bank.
  • Completed copy of Form 115.
10. Advise your bank to issue pay order for the TAX amount address to custom general and provide wharf clerk's name and  ID card who is coming to collect pay order from bank.
Here is the payments breakdown we paid for one of our Honda Insight ZE3 1500cc. 
* If you drive car by yourself this charge would be zero.    
If those processes are too complicated and need support don't hesitate to contact us at any time. We can also clear vehicle on behalf of you.

Sri Lanka Motor Tax Scheme Change. Click Here for more information