Sri Lanka Origin Determinations and Advance Rulings Program

July 24, 2017 - July 27, 2017

On July 24-27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program, in cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Embassy in Colombo and Sri Lanka Customs held three capacity building events and consultations on key trade facilitation reforms that will make a difference for Sri Lankan businesses. Earlier this year, the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation (TFA) entered into force.  This cooperation program is one of the first to be held between the United States and Sri Lanka under the agreement.

The week-long program featured trainings and expert exchanges on international best practices for Advance Rulings and Origin Determinations.  Sri Lanka Customs will soon advance reforms to create a system of Advance Rulings, and to create a Committee on Origin.  This is the fifth such program designed by CLDP in cooperation with Sri Lanka Customs  to help Sri Lanka meet its commitments under the WTO TFA.

As a result of this multi-phase cooperation program with CLDP, H.M.S Premarathna, Director of Customs, Sri Lanka Customs, announced the organization's intent to make key reforms and institutional changes to facilitate trade.:  "Sri Lanka Customs Administration has realized the importance of issuing rulings on Classification, Rules of Origin and Valuation. The Rulings will help businesses by expediting the release of their consignments.  There is a big cost-savings with this procedure.  Sri Lanka Customs Administration has also decided to establish a Rules of Origin unit in the Specialized and Services directorate, where Rulings are issued on classification.  Determinations on Origin will help Sri Lanka implement and realize the benefits of trade agreements with other countries."

CLDP’s Sri Lanka program is funded by the Department of State, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. CLDP provides technical assistance to the Government of Sri Lanka as it strives to create an environment conducive to increased trade and investment.  

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop