Titled the “EU GSP+ Business Guide for Sri Lankan Exporters” manual is produced by Geneva’s International Trade Centre (ITC) in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka and funded by the EU, and is now available online.
Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen welcomed the publication of the comprehensive manual on 7 December. “This is another proof of our unity government’s transparent approach to international trade. We thank the International Trade Centre, and the EU for their ongoing support to us” he said during one of his meetings with his top officials at the Ministry.
The information in the guide was collected very recently-in June 2017. Though the guide says it is “an overview of relevant information for exporters from Sri Lanka” it appears to be even more comprehensive in its coverage.
It highlights the GSP Regulation enumerating the 27 conventions mentioned in Article 9 of the GSP Regulation including the core human and labour rights UN/ILO Conventions. The Guide does “not constitute legal advice and does not provide exhaustive information on all sectors” saying it is “the responsibility of exporters from Sri Lanka to ensure compliance with all relevant EU rules.” It stresses that the exporters need to register with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Department of Commerce (DoC) under it-“Exporters wishing to export under a preferential agreement/scheme that Sri Lanka benefits from, need to apply for a Certificate of Origin and are required to register with the DoC.