Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Address of other organizations


  1. Export Development Board
    42, Navam Mw, Colombo 02. Sri Lanka.
    Telephone : +94 11 2300720

  2. International Chamber of Commerce - Sri Lanka
    141/7, Vaxhall St, Colombo 02. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2307841 / 2307825

  3. Department of Commerce
    4th Floor, Rakshana Mandiraya, Vaxhall St, Colombo 02. Sri Lanka.
    Telephone : +94 11 2329733

  4. Sri Lanka Export Credit Insurance Corporation
    42, 4th Floor, Navam Mw, Colombo 02. Sri Lanka.
    Telephone : +94 11 4719410 - 13 / 4719405

  5. Department of Wild Life Conservation
    18, Gregory's Road, Colombo 07. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2694241

  6. Department of Forest Conservation
    82, Sampathpaya, Rajamalwatta Road, Battaramulla. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 286663 - 2 / 2875540

  7. Sri Lanka Tourist Board
    80, Galle Road, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2437059 / 4237060

  8. Sri Lanka Customs Department
    4th Floor, Customs House, Bristol St, Colombo 01. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2421141 - 5

  9. Biodiversity Protection Unit
    Sri Lanka Customs, Customs House, Bristol Street, Colombo 01. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2472179 / 248616

  10. Tourist Police
    Fort Police Station, Bank of Ceylon mw, Colombo 01. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2433744

  11. Geological Survey & Mines Bereau
    #04, Senanayake Building, Galle Road, Dehiwala. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2739307 - 8 / 2725751 / 2725746

  12. Immigration & Emmigration Control Dept.
    Punchi Borella. Sri Lanka.

  13. Exchange Control Department
    Central bank of Sri Lanka, 30, Janadhipathi Mw, Colombo 02. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2477251 / 2477244

  14. Central Environment Authority
    Parisara Piyasa, 104, Robert Gunawardene Mw, Battarabulla, Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2872259

  15. Land Reform Commission
    C82, Gregory's Avenue, Colombo 07. Sri Lana
    Telephone : +94 11 2693967

  16. Atomic Energy Authority
    60/460, Baseline Road, Orugodawatta, Wellampitiya. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2534207

  17. Board of Investment of Sri Lanka
    West Tower - WTC, Echelon Squire, Colombo 01. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2436639

  18. Inland Revenue Department
    Sir Chittampalam A. Gardner Mw, Colombo 02. Sri Lanka
    Telephone : +94 11 2324568

Monday, July 30, 2007

Contact NGJA

National Gem and Jewelry Authority
No.25, Galleface Terrace, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.
Telephone : +94 11 2325364, 2329295, 2320758, 2390645
Fax: +94 11 2320758
Email: ngja@sltnet.lk
Website: www.srilankagemautho.com

Sri Lanka Gem and Jewelry Exchange / Gem Testing Laboratory
World Trade Center, Level 4 & 5, East Low Block, Echelon Squire, Colombo 01. Sri Lanka.
Telephone / Fax : +94 11 2391132

Gem Export Center
Cargo Village, Air Port, Katunayake
Telephone / Fax : 2252203

Geuda Export Center
Gem Center, Ratnapura. Sri Lanka.
Telephone : +94 45 22 22007 and 8 Fax : +94 45 22 32109

National Gem and Jewelry Authority Regional Offices

Colombo Regional Office
25, Galleface Terrance, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka.
Telephone : +94 11 2390651 Fax : +94 11 2329697

Ratnapura Regional Office
Regional Head Quarters, Ratnapura, Sri Lanka.
Telephone : +94 4522 22159, and 23592 Fax : +94 4522 23139

Eheliyagoda Regional Office
Main Street, Eheliyagoda, Sri Lanka.
Telephone / Fax : +94 36 2258170

Matara Regional Office
No.11, Fathima Mawatha, Matara. Sri Lanka.
Telephone / fax : +94 41 2223330

Na Ula Regional Office
Dabulla Road, Na Ula. Sri Lanka.
Telephone / Fax : +94 6622 46094

Monaragala Regional Office
No.29, Annicut Road, Monaragala. Sri Lanka.
Telephone / Fax : 94 55 2276124

Enforcement Offices at;
Nivithigala, Pelmadulla, Ebilipitiya, Lunugala, Akuressa, Rakwana, Horana, Hatton

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Useful address of export activities

  1. Mr. T.Piyadasa - Director General (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2441188)

  2. Mr. Ajith Perera - Senior Manager (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390653)

  3. Mr. Rohan Pitigala - Export Manager (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390654)

  4. Mr. S.Basnayake - Asst. Export Manager (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390645 to 8)

  5. Mr. Siripala Kasthriarachchi - Chief Valuer, Gemologist (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390657)

  6. Mr. R.M.J.L.K. Ranatunga - Regional Manager, Colombo (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390651)

  7. Superintendent of Customs - SL Customs, Gem Unit (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390645 to 8)

  8. Post Master - Post Office (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2391215)

  9. Officer in Charge - Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390654)

  10. Officer in Charge - Roton Vander (Freighting) Ltd (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 4715188)

  11. Officer in Charge - M.A. Lanka Ltd (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390804)

  12. Officer in Charge - Sathsindu Forwarding & Security Ltd (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390654)

  13. Air Forwarding Agents registered with the NGJA (National Gem and Jewelry Authority, No.25, Galleface Terrace, 00300, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2390654)

  14. Mr. Thilak Kulananda - Manager (Gem Export Center, National Gem and Jewelry Authority, Air Cargo Village, Katunayake, Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2252203, and 2252861)

  15. Officer in Charge - NGJA Laision Office and Gem Testing Laboratory (Sri Lanka Gem and Jewelry Exchange, Level 5, East Low Block, World Trade Center, Echelon Squire, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka. Telephone: +94 11 2391132)

Items which are prohibited or restricted to be export .

The following items related to gem and jewelry industry are prohibited or restricted to be export from Sri Lanka.

  • Ivory - Prohibited
  • Items made using Turtle Shells or Coral - Prohibited
  • Ornaments produced out of Ivory - Prohibited
  • Handicrafts and ornaments of ebony - Restricted (exports allowed on a permit issued by the Department of Forest Conservation)
For further details, please contact:

Biodiversity Protection Unit.
Biodiversity Protection Task Force,
Sri Lanka Customs,
Customs House, Bristol Street,
Colombo 01.
Sri Lanka

Telephone: +94 11 2472179, or 2478616
Email: bpuslcustoms@hotmail.com

Concessions offered to the gem and jewelry industry

Imports:
A) Duty free imports of
  1. Pearls, rough gems, cut and polished gems, diamonds, synthetic gems, diamond powder
  2. Gold (in all forms)
  3. Silver (in all forms)
B) Imports on a concessionary duty basis
  1. Tools, machinery and equipment used in the gem and jewelry industry.
C) Import and supply of following items are subject to 15% value added tax (VAT)
  1. Pearls, Diamonds, Precious and Semi Precious gems.
  2. Precious metal or metal clad with precious metal and gold coins.

Exports:
  1. Duty and tax free export of cut and polished gems, plain gold jewelry and gem studded jewelry.
  2. Direct export earnings are totally exempted from income tax.

Color cards issued by the National gem and Jewelry Authority

NGJA has introduced a scheme where color cards are issued along with the gem dealers license depending on the stock value as shown below.

  • Above Rs.5.00 million - Platinum
  • From Rs.3.00 - Rs.5.00 million - Gold
  • From Rs.1.00 - Rs.2.00 million - Silver
  • From Rs.100,000 - Rs.500,00 - Bronze
  • From Rs.50,000 - Rs.100,000 - White
The above color cards enable the holder,
  1. To establish his identity and capacity when dealing with the authority.
  2. To gain recognition in the society as a registered gem dealer and obtain priority in dealing with the authority.
  3. To engage in business activities openly & more conveniently.
  4. To gain recognition and prestige in overseas business activities.

BIMST-EC

(Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical & Economic Co-operation)

The 'NGJA' was nominated as the "Focal point" for the second term in the gem and Jewellery sub sector for the BIMST-EC which includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka. Thailand, Nepal & Bhutan.

Facilities offered to the Exporters by the National Gem & Jewelery Authority

  1. Service Fee waivers on Merchandise taken out for Trade Fairs & Exhibitions recognized by the "NGJA".

  2. Service Fee waivers on merchandise taken out for Trade Fairs & Exhibitions where, Sri Lankan participation is organized by the Export Development Board.

  3. Refund of Service Fee levied on unsold merchandise taken on consignment basis.

  4. Special, all inclusive Service Fee of Rs. 50/00 per parcel with a FO.B. Value up to US $ 150/00; on E-Commerce - Internet Sales.

  5. Round thl' clock export facilitation at the 'NGJA' Office at Air Cargo Village. Katunayake.

  6. Buyer - Seller meetings with the participation of Internationally renowned companies.

  7. assistance for placement under suitable Customs procedure for the entitlement of VAT and PAL exemptions. for those who import Diamonds. Gemstones. Gold etc .. for inward processing and re-export.

Kimberly Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)

Under the "Kimberly Process Agreement" (KPA) diamond mining, processing and trading countries agreed to establish legislation to eliminate trade in "Conflict Diamonds" (Diamonds that originate in area controlled by forces fighting the legitimate and internationally recognized government of the relevant country).

Sri Lanka became the 30th country to sign the "KPCS" to enable Sri Lankans ot legitimately import and export diamonds.

The above scheme was put into operation with effect from 1st January 2003.

The government of Sri Lanka has nominated the National Gem and Jewelry Authority as the official body for implementing and certification under the "KPCS".

As at October 2004, 43 countries have signed the Kimberly Process Agreement.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Procedure on export of rough Geuda


Procedure on export of rough Geuda from the export division at the head office of National Gem and Jewelry Authority:

Foreign Nationals: In the case of foreign nationals registration as well as export of Geuda are handled only at the geuda Testing Center, Ratnapura.

Sri Lankan Nationals: Sri Lankan nationals intending to export Geuda through National Gem and Jewelry Authority head office or Ratnapura Geuda Testing Center are required to adhere to the following procedure.

  1. Rough Geuda stones are to be examined and valued by two gemologists from NGJA and a Gemologist from Sri Lanka Customs prior to the preparation of the Export Invoice, based on such valuation.

  2. The exporter is required to furnish documentary proof of inward remittance equivalent to the value of intended export and received sole for such Geuda export subject to minimum value of US $5000/-. The bank certificate received at the time of conversion to local currency must be surrendered at the time of export. Commission to the authority should be paid in foreign currency. If the exporter intends to dispatch the geuda in several batches, remittance should be utilized in full within 45 days of the 1st export.

  3. Export of Geuda is allowed only on weekdays and all rules and regulations governing to the export of other gemstones are equally applicable for such export.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Procedure for export of gems and jewelry

All gem and jewelry exports should be chanelled through the Export Division of the National Gem and Jewelry Authority, at No.25, Galle Face Terrace, Colombo 03 or Gem Center - Ratnepura or Diamond Export Center, Cargo Village, Air Port - Katunayake.

  1. The prospective exporter should obtain a Gem Dealers Licence (This licence could be obtained for varying amounts depending on the maximum stock you will hold at any given time) to cover the value of the merchandise to be exported.

  2. Exporters who wish to export their Gems and Jewelry should bring their goods to the Export Department - National Gem and Jewelry Authority along with following documents before 3.00pm on all working days & 12.00 noon on Saturdays. Eight (08) copies of Commercial Invoice, which are to be used as follows
    1. Export Manager - Original
    2. Sri Lanka Customs - 2nd copy
    3. NGJA statistics division - 3rd copy
    4. 4th copy to be used to make relevant payments to NGJA
    5. Statistics division - Customs
    6. 6th to 8th copies are released to the exporter. They are used to obtain insurance cover for air mail / air freight purposes, GSP certificate (Gem Certificate), Carnet Certificate and a copy to be retained by the exporter.

  3. Invoice
    The following details should be given in the invoice.
    1. Exporters name and address
    2. Buyers name and address
    3. Buyers bank address
    4. Terms of payment
    5. Exchange rate prevent on the date of export
    6. Total F.O.B. value
    7. Insurance
    8. Freight
    9. Total C.I.F. value
    10. In case of jewelry, complete break up of the item should be given(weight and karattage of metal, variety & weight of stones)

  4. when the Invoices are presented to the Export Office, a number will be allocated to each invoice. Then the exporter will be called upon to hand over his goods to the Export Manager / Assistant Manager. Items will be individually weighted, cross checked with the invoice and accepted for export and will be sealed temporarily till it is submitted for examination. Invoices should be handed over to the officials, who will check the calculations and the entries.

  5. The parcel will be examined at the Examination table by National Gem and Jewelry Authority gemologist / valuer and customs gem appraiser / gemologist in the presence of the exporter or his/her representative. The examination is carried out to ensure the export of genuine gems and to avoid under or over invoicing. After examination the parcel will be sealed with sealing wax by the NGJA official, customs official and the exporter. Exporter is advised to bring his own seal, tin box and brown paper for this purpose. If any synthetic stones are detected and if they are not declared in the invoice as synthetic stones, these will be confiscated by the NGJA.

  6. The sealed parcel is kept back with the NGJA and four copies of the invoice will be handed over the exporter duly acknowledge by the export manager for the receipt of the parcel.

Then the exporter is required to obtain insurance coverage for the parcel and pay the export sevices fee on F.O.B. value to National Gem & Jewelry Authority. The exporter should get the airway bill from the respective air line office and get a confirmation of the date and air line which air freights the Gem and Jewelry Parcel to the destination.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Vision and Mission of NGJA

Vision of National Gem and Jewellery Authority:
Make Sri Lanka a world center for Gems and Jewelry

Mission of National Gem and Jewelry Authority:
Increase the supply of quality gems and jewelry to satisfy the local and international market by promotion and development of the gem and jewelry industry through technological development, skills development and optimum use of available resources.

Monday, July 16, 2007

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