Top Sri Lanka Imports 2016
In 2016, Sri Lanka bought US$19.5 billion worth of imported products up by 9% since 2012 and up by 2.8% from 2015 to 2016.
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from China

China's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$4.3 billion or 21.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $616.4 million
  2. Machinery: $577.6 million
  3. Iron and steel: $273.4 million
  4. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $268.1 million
  5. Cotton: $252 million
  6. Ships, boats: $223.1 million
  7. Manmade filaments: $218.8 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $158.1 million
  9. Mineral fuels including oil: $155.3 million
10. Vehicles: $122.6 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from India

India's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$3.8 billion or 19.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $629 million
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $384.3 million
  3. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $356.8 million
  4. Cotton: $252.5 million
  5. Pharmaceuticals: $218.9 million
  6. Machinery: $187.9 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $147.6 million
  8. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $120.5 million
  9. Cocoa: $113.5 million
10. Iron and steel: $102.8 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to Sri Lanka amounted to $1.1 billion or 5.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $712.6 million
  2. Gems, precious metals: $146.7 million
  3. Copper: $28.5 million
  4. Plastics: $26 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $19.4 million
  6. Machinery: $17.6 million
  7. Sugar: $16.6 million
  8. Iron and steel: $12.8 million
  9. Fish: $12 million
10. Aluminum: $12 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Singapore

Singapore's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$1 billion or 5.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $605.9 million
  2. Gems, precious metals: $91.7 million
  3. Machinery: $77.5 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $42.2 million
  5. Organic chemicals: $28.6 million
  6. Plastics: $25.7 million
  7. Iron and steel: $21.7 million
  8. Other chemical goods: $18.7 million
  9. Paper: $13.3 million
10. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $12.2 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$949.8 million or 4.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $587.4 million
  2. Machinery: $128.6 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $44.9 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $31.3 million
  5. Rubber: $31.2 million
  6. Plastics: $20.2 million
  7. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $12.1 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $7.4 million
  9. Machinery: $6.8 million
10. Other chemical goods: $6.7 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$642 million or 3.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $116.6 million
  2. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $103.9 million
  3. Machinery: $73.7 million
  4. Wood: $63.3 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $37.8 million
  6. Plastics: $34 million
  7. Rubber: $25.7 million
  8. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $20.7 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $19.2 million
10. Vehicles: $15.9 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from the US

America's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$540 million or 2.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $93.1 million
  2. Food waste, animal fodder: $72.5 million
  3. Medical, technical equipment: $54.3 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $48.6 million
  5. Plastics: $26.8 million
  6. Pharmaceuticals: $24.6 million
  7. Cereal, milk preparations: $16.9 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $15.3 million
  9. Machinery: $14.2 million
10. Paper: $11.9 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$514.5 million or 2.6% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $53.4 million
  2. Fish: $53 million
  3. Rubber: $39.9 million
  4. Manmade filaments: $35.4 million
  5. Vehicles: $32.4 million
  6. Plastics: $30.3 million
  7. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $30.3 million
  8. Sugar: $26.9 million
  9. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $18.2 million
10. Cereal, milk preparations:$16.5 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$495.9 million or 2.5% of its overall imports.

  1. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $163.3 million
  2. Machinery: $45.5 million
  3. Plastics: $43.9 million
  4. Iron and steel: $34.8 million
  5. Manmade filaments: $22.2 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $19.8 million
  7. Special woven/tufted fabric: $18.3 million
  8. Machinery: $17.5 million
  9. Cotton: $16.3 million
10. Rubber: $12.3 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Hong Kong

Hong Kong's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$465.9 million or 2.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $97.4 million
  2. Special woven/tufted fabric: $91.3 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $46.2 million
  4. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $33.6 million
  5. Plastics: $28.4 million
  6. Cotton: $23.8 million
  7. Paper: $21.1 million
  8. Other manufactured products: $19.4 million
  9. Manmade filaments: $17.4 million
10. Machinery: $15.1 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from the UK

United Kingdom's exports to Sri Lanka amounted
 to $445.7 million or 2.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Aircraft, spacecraft: $120.5 million
  2. Iron or steel products: $59.7 million
  3. Machinery: $48.7 million
  4. Beverages: $29.1 million
  5. Paper: $29 million
  6. Electronic equipment: $21.2 million
  7. Medical, technical equipment: $18 million
  8. Vehicles: $17.8 million
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $13.9 million
10. Plastics: $10.7 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.
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Data source: Trade Map, International Trade Centre, www.intracen.org/marketanalysis