Discusses the distribution network within the country from how products enter to final destination, including reliability and condition of distribution mechanisms, major distribution centers, ports, etc.
Last Published: 7/22/2019
International trade is centered in the capital city, with more than 90 percent of all imports and exports passing through the port of Colombo.  While there are many small to medium importers, 20 to 30 relatively large firms handle the bulk of international traffic.  Only a few importers control distribution networks elsewhere in the country; most simply wholesale directly to regional distributors or to retailers.  The government’s role in trade and distribution has decreased. 
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