A Gazette Notification has been issued restricting the import of 367 non-essential goods to Sri Lanka without a valid license.
The Department of Imports and Exports Control said the restriction will come into effect from midnight today.
Among the restricted items are apples, grapes, oranges, cheese, as well as water, foreign liquor, and cosmetics.
In addition, restrictions have also been imposed on footwear, musical instruments, sporting goods, and household appliances.
The Controller of Imports and Exports issues licenses while the recommendation of the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance must be obtained prior.
The Government Information Department issuing a statement said the decision was reached for a limited time period to manage the current economic situation.
According to the statement, under the first phase, taxes will be levied on certain selected imported goods.
Under the second phase, it will be mandatory to obtain a license for the importation of certain goods.
The Department added economists believe the restrictions on imports will help manage the country’s economic situation to an optimal level and create better financial stability.