Top Sri Lanka Imports 2017
In 2017, Sri Lanka bought US$21.3 billion worth of imported products up by 18.9% since 2013 and up by 9.3% from 2016 to 2017.
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from China

India's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$4.5 billion or 21.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $695.2 million
  2. Vehicles: $537.8 million
  3. Iron and steel: $292.5 million
  4. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $291.7 million
  5. Cereals: $241.4 million
  6. Cotton: $232.8 million
  7. Machinery: $218.1 million
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $208.5 million
  9. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $132.6 million
10. Arms, ammunition: $121.2 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from India

China's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$4.2 billion or 19.7% of its overall imports.

  1. Electronic equipment: $684.2 million
  2. Machinery: $554 million
  3. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $307.9 million
  4. Cotton: $257.1 million
  5. Ships, boats: $238.1 million
  6. Iron and steel: $214.5 million
  7. Man-made staple fibers: $212.2 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $161.4 million
  9. Plastics: $115.1 million
10. Vehicles: $103.6 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from the UAE

United Arab Emirates' exports to Sri Lanka amounted to $1.6 billion or 7.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $1.1 billion
  2. Gems, precious metals: $253.7 million
  3. Copper: $44.4 million
  4. Sugar: $29.7 million
  5. Plastics: $25.6 million
  6. Aluminum: $18.9 million
  7. Iron and steel: $13.3 million
  8. Fish: $12.8 million
  9. Paper: $11 million
10. Fruits, nuts: $8.4 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Singapore

Singapore's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$1.3 billion or 6.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Mineral fuels including oil: $753.9 million
  2. Gems, precious metals: $228.9 million
  3. Machinery: $77.5 million
  4. Electronic equipment: $44.9 million
  5. Plastics: $26.7 million
  6. Organic chemicals: $20.4 million
  7. Other chemical goods: $14.8 million
  8. Iron and steel: $14 million
  9. Paper: $11.1 million
10. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $10.7 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Japan

Japan's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$1 billion or 4.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Vehicles: $667.4 million
  2. Machinery: $117.5 million
  3. Electronic equipment: $51.1 million
  4. Rubber: $30.6 million
  5. Medical, technical equipment: $26.7 million
  6. Plastics: $18.7 million
  7. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $16.7 million
  8. Iron or steel products: $13.7 million
  9. Copper: $13.3 million
10. Iron and steel: $8.1 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from the US

America's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$813.6 million or 3.8% of its overall imports.

  1. Aircraft, spacecraft: $332 million
  2. Food waste, animal fodder: $76.5 million
  3. Machinery: $72.3 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $48 million
  5. Electronic equipment: $43.7 million
  6. Cereals: $33.4 million
  7. Plastics: $25.7 million
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $16.4 million
  9. Paper: $15.4 million
10. Other chemical goods: $12.7 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Malaysia

Malaysia's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$641.1 million or 3% of its overall imports.

  1. Animal/vegetable fats and oils: $170 million
  2. Mineral fuels including oil: $82.8 million
  3. Wood: $59.3 million
  4. Machinery: $57.3 million
  5. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $35.1 million
  6. Plastics: $29.9 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $29.2 million
  8. Rubber: $28.4 million
  9. Other chemical goods: $18.5 million
10. Vehicles: $13.8 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Thailand

Thailand's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$518.3 million or 2.4% of its overall imports.

  1. Fish: $49.8 million
  2. Salt, sulphur, stone, cement: $45.7 million
  3. Machinery: $44.7 million
  4. Rubber: $44.1 million
  5. Sugar: $35.6 million
  6. Plastics: $29.7 million
  7. Vehicles: $28.3 million
  8. Man-made staple fibers: $25.2 million
  9. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $21.2 million
10. Cereal, milk preparations:$17.4 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Taiwan

Taiwan's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$481.8 million or 2.3% of its overall imports.

  1. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $154 million
  2. Plastics: $52.4 million
  3. Machinery: $41.6 million
  4. Man-made staple fibers: $32.2 million
  5. Man-made filaments: $26 million
  6. Iron and steel: $25.5 million
  7. Special woven/tufted fabric: $17.7 million
  8. Electronic equipment: $12.3 million
  9. Cotton: $11.8 million
10. Paper: $10.4 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Hong Kong

Hong Kong's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$439 million or 2.1% of its overall imports.

  1. Knitted or crocheted fabric: $91.8 million
  2. Special woven/tufted fabric: $85.3 million
  3. Machinery: $33.7 million
  4. Clothing (not knit or crochet): $31.1 million
  5. Plastics: $27.6 million
  6. Paper: $22.1 million
  7. Electronic equipment: $20.4 million
  8. Cotton: $20.2 million
  9. Other manufactured products: $19.3 million
10. Man-made filaments: $14.4 million
Top 10 Sri Lankan Imports from Germany

Germany's exports to Sri Lanka amounted to
$400.5 million or 1.9% of its overall imports.

  1. Machinery: $90.8 million
  2. Electronic equipment: $54.7 million
  3. Vehicles: $52.7 million
  4. Medical, technical equipment: $28.3 million
  5. Other chemical goods: $18.6 million
  6. Paper: $16.4 million
  7. Plastics: $13.7 million
  8. Pharmaceuticals: $10.4 million
  9. Tanning, dyeing extracts: $7.5 million
10. Organic chemicals: $7.1 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