Critical that an independent trade facilitation unit be set up by government
Quote from OECD report

“Steady increases in trade volumes and complexity in recent years have significantly changed the operating environment for the international trading community. They have also highlighted the negative impact of inefficient border procedures on governments, businesses and ultimately on the customer and the economy as a whole. Governments may face smuggling, fraud and national security problems, which drain the public coffers, while businesses pay the price of slow and unpredictable goods delivery, costly customs procedures, and even lost business opportunities. And all these costs ultimately make goods more expensive for the consumer. These ‘hidden’ costs of trade are so high – as much as 15% of the value of the goods traded in some cases – that studies show that for many countries, the welfare benefits from more efficient customs procedures could be as high as those from reducing tariffs.”

0811Since Sri Lanka is expected to enter into a Free Trade Agreement with China, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association organized a seminar at Hilton Colombo Residence on the 5th of August 2014 for the Apparel Exporters of Sri Lanka. The aim was to enhance the knowledge and quality awareness on supervisory regulations and mandatory testing requirement of textile & apparel market of China.

"The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB) together with the Joint Apparel Association Forum(JAAF) and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brazil will be organizing the first ever Market Promotion programme in Sao Paulo, Brazil in September 2014 for the Sri Lankan Apparel exporters. The objective of this programme is to explore market opportunities and establish direct contacts with prospective buyers in Brazil.

Future’ leaders of Sri Lanka’s apparel industry are to draft plans on working towards new goals and new targets for 2020 as part of a committee established to take the industry forward.

The apparel industry in Sri Lanka grew over a period of time since its inception post-1977 and now the industry has taken the task of handing over the baton to its future leaders to draft their future course with a new strategic plan.

23Following is the address by Incoming Chairman Sean Van Dort at the 44th Annual General Meeting & Post Business Session of the Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council, held on 27 June at the Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo

Our Chief Guest Dr. P.B. Jayasundera, Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Ashroff Omar, the Chief Executive Officer of Brandix Lanka, our Guest of Honour, Past Presidents of the Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council, heads of Government agencies, distinguished guests and friends, on behalf of the SLSC, I extend to you a warm welcome to the post-business session of the 44th Annual General Meeting of the council. We are indeed privileged to have Dr. P.B. Jayasundera accepting our invitation as our Chief Guest along with Ashroff Omar who is present today as our Guest of Honour.

394 personalityYohan Lawrence, Chairman, Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association (SLAEA) tells about the Sri Lankan apparel markets as he converses with Fibre2Fashion Correspondent Manushi Gandhi.


SLAEA was established in 1982 and export earnings of the members of the Association account for 70% of the value of total apparel export earnings of the country. It currently has 71 companies as its members. It disseminates information promptly, convenes regular meetings and organizes Seminars/Workshops for its member companies.

0627Sri Lankan apparel sector has seen a 22% increase in the first quarter of 2016 as against the previous year. The sector is targeting revenue in excess of US$ 6 billion in 2016. President of the Sri Lanka Apparel Brands Association of Sri Lanka (SLABA) Indradatta Dharmawardane at the Association launch at Cinnamon Lakeside said the industry is moving steadily ahead with no major hiccups.

z pxvi-Brandix-uSri Lanka is the first South Asian country to host this annual global event attended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Society of Red Cross & Red Crescent, International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT), Asian Association of Transfusion Medicine (AATM), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the Asia Pacific Blood Network.

BUP DFT DFT-6-22The Hirdaramani Group’s Mihila Factory in Agalawatta won a Gold Award in the Apparel category at the National Green Awards for the year 2013/2014. President Mahinda Rajapaksa presided as Chief Guest of the event, which was held for the third consecutive year. The prestigious award, one of only 12 Gold Awards awarded, adds to a list of many key sustainability milestones achieved by the factory in line with the Group’s commitment to a greener, sustainable industry.

Source : DailyFT

brandixThe Brandix Group has been recognised as Sri Lanka's 'Organisation Committed to Green' in 2013 by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka (GBCSL), the recently-constituted not-for-profit organisation responsible for Green rating buildings and Green labelling products.

The award, the first of its kind presented by the Council to a corporate entity, was received by Brandix at a ceremony organised by the GBCSL to recognise companies that have obtained Green building certifications or Green labels for their products.

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sri lanka garments 2016Journal & Directory of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association, containing valuable information with regard to the apparel industry.
Issue No. 89


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