Top Sri Lanka Imports 2015
In 2015, Sri Lanka bought US$19 billion worth of imported products down by 3.7% since 2011 and down by 1.4% from 2014 to 2015.
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from India

India's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$4.3 billion or 22.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $906.9 million
  2. Oil: $573.7 million
  3. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $308.4 million
  4. Cotton: $207.6 million
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $204.9 million
  6. Machinery: $163 million
  7. Iron and steel: $143.6 million
  8. Vegetables: $127.7 million
  9. Electronic equipment: $123 million
10. Cereals: $111.7 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from China

China's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$3.7 billion or 19.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $521.5 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $491.8 million
  3. Iron and steel: $295.8 million
  4. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $247.2 million
  5. Manmade staple fibers: $198.4 million
  6. Fertilizers: $192.7 million
  7. Cotton: $188 million
  8. Vehicles: $149 million
  9. Iron or steel products: $147.3 million
10. Plastics: $116.9 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$1.4 billion or 7.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $1.1 billion
  2. Machinery: $118.5 million
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $31.9 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $20.5 million
  5. Rubber: $18.1 million
  6. Plastics: $16.8 million
  7. Iron or steel products: $10.3 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $8.3 million
  9. Organic chemicals: $8 million
10. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $6.4 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to Sri Lanka amounted to $1.1 billion or 5.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil: $884.2 million
  2. Copper: $29.9 million
  3. Gems, precious metals: $26.6 million
  4. Plastics: $21.8 million
  5. Fertilizers: $14.4 million
  6. Aluminum: $14 million
  7. Fish: $8.3 million
  8. Paper: $6.9 million
  9. Lead: $6.7 million
10. Machinery: $6.3 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Singapore

Singapore's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$922.8 million or 4.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Oil: $597.7 million
  2. Machinery: $65.6 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $33.7 million
  4. Organic chemicals: $32 million
  5. Plastics: $27.3 million
  6. Other chemical goods: $21.3 million
  7. Paper: $15.1 million
  8. Cereal, milk preparations: $13.8 million
  9. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $11.1 million
10. Coated textile fabric: $9.2 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$511.4 million or 2.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $104.5 million
  2. Machinery: $58.7 million
  3. Wood: $50 million
  4. Plastics: $33.8 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $30.2 million
  6. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $28.7 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $28 million
  8. Rubber: $22.9 million
  9. Oil: $16.7 million
10. Paper: $12.6 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$497.2 million or 2.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Fish: $48.7 million
  2. Rubber: $39.6 million
  3. Sugar: $39.2 million
  4. Manmade staple fibers: $38.4 million
  5. Plastics: $31.7 million
  6. Machinery: $31.3 million
  7. Vehicles: $31 million
  8. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $23.9 million
  9. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $19.9 million
10. Paper: $18.9 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from the UK

United Kingdom's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to $482.3 million or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Aircraft, spacecraft: $119.5 million
  2. Machinery: $97.9 million
  3. Iron or steel products: $60.2 million
  4. Beverages: $27.8 million
  5. Vehicles: $22.5 million
  6. Paper: $22.5 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $22.1 million
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $13.5 million
  9. Plastics: $13 million
10. Medical, technical equipment: $12.5 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from the US

America's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$470.8 million or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $80.2 million
  2. Food waste, animal fodder: $62.5 million
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $41 million
  4. Cereals: $38.3 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $26.2 million
  6. Plastics: $24.7 million
  7. Pharmaceuticals: $20.2 million
  8. Books, newspapers, pictures: $17.5 million
  9. Paper: $13.4 million
10. Dairy, eggs, honey: $11.7 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$459.3 million or 2.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $147.5 million
  2. Plastics: $49.5 million
  3. Machinery: $46.2 million
  4. Iron and steel: $33.8 million
  5. Manmade staple fibers: $22.5 million
  6. Cotton: $17 million
  7. Paper: $13.4 million
  8. Manmade filaments: $13 million
  9. Special woven/tufted fabric: $11.7 million
10. Rubber: $11.7 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Indonesia

Indonesia's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$434.1 million or 2.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Tobacco: $51.3 million
  2. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $48.4 million
  3. Paper: $46 million
  4. Oil: $39.5 million
  5. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $38.5 million
  6. Rubber: $23.6 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $20.2 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $19 million
  9. Manmade filaments: $16.5 million
10. Fruits, nuts: $12.6 million
Fastest-Growing Sri Lankan Imports
Research Note:
Import numbers rarely match the source exporters’ stats. Reasons for import-export statistical discrepancies include re-exports, time lags, misallocations, distinct trade reporting systems, different quantity measurements and country confidentiality rules. Also, transportation and insurance costs are sometimes added to import totals.
Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis