Import Section of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

(+94) 115 588 898

importsection@chamber.lk

History

As one of the oldest and most prestigious import trade organizations in Sri Lanka, our history is steeped in remarkable achievements, transformative leadership, and a legacy of fostering excellence in the import industry.

Since our inception in the early years of the 20th century, the Import Section has been at the forefront of shaping the import trade landscape in Sri Lanka. Over the decades, we have witnessed the remarkable growth and evolution of imports, adapting to changing market dynamics and driving innovation to meet the needs of importers.

Central to our success has been our exceptional leadership. Throughout the years, visionary individuals have served as Chairpersons of the Import Section, guiding, and steering our endeavors to new heights. Their strategic vision, industry acumen, and unwavering commitment have played a pivotal role in shaping the import trade landscape and fostering a supportive ecosystem for importers.

Past Chairmen

Sir J A Tarbat

1935 – 1939

Mr. R P L Ross

1940 – 1942

Mr. A M Thalmann

1943 – 1944

Mr. R F Edge

1947

Mr. R P L Ross

1948

Mr. L Matthews

1949

Mr. C F H Edwards

1950 – 1951

Mr. R P L Ross

1951

Mr. L E Heal

1951

Mr. C F H Edwards

1952

Major J H Hoare

1953 – 1954

Mr. J O Clazey

1954

Major J H Hoare

1954 – 1956

Mr. G D Gordon

1957

Mr. B G Thornley

1957

Mr. G D Gordon

1959

Mr. M M Fielding

1959

Mr. G D Gordon

1959 – 1961

Mr. G D Gordon

1959

Mr. R G J Baynoton

1961

Mr. G D Gordon

1961 – 1962

Mr. B D Collins

1963 – 1964

Mr. G D Gordon

1961 – 1962

Mr. B D Collins

1963 – 1964

Mr. J Fosbrook

1964

Mr. B D Collins

1964 – 1965

Mr. C H White

1966

Mr. N W G Brown

1966

Mr. C H White

1967 – 1968

Mr. S Witane

1969 – 1971

Mr. M Kunaratnam

1972 – 1973

Mr. V L Wirasingha

1974 – 1978

Mr. M Kunaratnam

1979 – 1980

Mr. A C Marker

1981 – 1987

Mr. S Nagendra

1987 – 1994

Mr. D J A Abeyesekera

1964 – 1965

Mr. Suraj Fernando

2002 – 2006

Mr. Ranjan De Silva

2006 – 2009

Mr. Mahesh Wijewardene

2006 – 2009

Mr. Kevin Edwards

2012 – 2014

Mr. Dinesh de Silva

2015 – 2017

Past Executive Committee

ABANS LTD

Mr. K. Kunendran

kunendran@abansgroup.com

ASTRON LTD

Mr. Yasiruk Karawita

yasiruk@astron.lk

ABANS LTD

Mr. K. Kunendran

kunendran@abansgroup.com

ASTRON LTD

Mr. Yasiruk Karawita

yasiruk@astron.lk

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