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Winning an Export Award enhances the Visibility of an export enterprise in overseas markets, and enables attraction of new customers


27th Annual NCE Export Awards 2019 - Press Conference

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27th Annual NCE Export Awards 2019 Ceremony

20th September 2019 at the Shangri-La Colombo 

Application Criteria 

Eligibility: Any registered business organization in Sri Lanka which has been in exports or support services for a minimum of two years prior to the date of application.

  • Units, Divisions, Estates, Factories etc of organizations are not eligible to apply unless they are legal entities by themselves.
  • The Most outstanding Exporter – Award winner for two consecutive years is not eligible to apply for the third consecutive year.

Applicants are eligible to apply under the following three main sectors:

1. Export of Products

2. Export of Business & Professional Services

3. Suppliers / Service Providers to Exporters   

Period of Performance Evaluation

The financial year under review is 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 or the Calendar Year 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017. Audited accounts for the financial year or Calendar year referred to above or draft accounts for the financial year 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018 or calendar year 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2017 signed by the CEO / Managing Director of the applicant entity, together with the Audited accounts for the period of 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2017 or 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016 should be submitted. Applicant enterprises will be categorized into one of the following four categories according to the under-noted criteria:

  • Extra Large – Annual Export turnover (Export Value ) more  than Rs: 1.5 Bn
  • Large – Annual Export turnover (Export Value ) more than Rs: 500 Mn upto 1.5Bn
  • Medium – Annual Export turnover (Export Value ) from  Rs: 100 Mn upto 500 Mn
  • Small – Annual Export turnover (Export Value ) less than Rs: 100 Mn

Same turnover limits will apply for the Export of Business & Professional Services Sector as well as Suppliers / Service Providers to Exporters Sector.

The Classification of Awards

Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are awarded in the following sectors for enterprises in the Small, Medium, Large, and extra-large categories.

Boat & Ship Building, and Repair services sector
Leather & Leather based products sector
Chemicals & Plastic products sector
Machinery & Light Engineering Products sector
Coconut & Coconut Products sector
Minerals & Mineral based products sector
Confectionary & Beverage Products sector
Packaging Products sector
Electronic & Electrical Products sector
Paper & Paper based Products sector
Export of Business & Professional Services sector
Poultry & Livestock products sector
Fisheries & Fishery Products sector
Rubber & Rubber Products sector
Floriculture & Horticulture Products Sector
Spices and Spice based Products
Fresh & Processed Agricultural Export Crops sector
Supplies & Service Providers to Exporters sector.
Fresh & Processed Food Products sector
Tea & Tea Products sector
Gems & Jewellery sector
Textiles and Garments sector
Handicrafts & Handloom Products sector
Tourism & Tourism related services sector.
Imports Substitution sector
Wood & Wood based products sector
Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector & related services


Applications are evaluated under the following main criteria:

  • Export Performance – ( Total Value of Exports, Overall Export Growth , Regula Nature of markets)
  • Market/ Product Development –  ( New Markets / Products , Product Diversification , Market Diversification )
  • Value Addition – ( Net Value Addition , Process of Value Addition )
  • Financial Performance (Earnings, Return on Investment , Effective Asset & Fund Management , Statutory Compliances)
  • Effective Management Efforts – ( Productivity ,Export Capacity expansion  , Sustainability , Trade Promotions , Significant Achievements related to the Company and Country )
  • Implementation of Quality Management / Environment Protection System Resourc  Efficient Cleaner Production & Waste Management , Efficient Energy Management etc.
  • Branding – ( Brand Strategy and Brand Promotion related to brands registered in Sri Lanka)
  • Innovation – (Nature of the Product/s, Process, or Market Innovations and beneficial results)


Involvement of Ernst & Young as the Strategic Partner of the NCE export Awards

Ernst and young is r Reputed Multinational firm of Accountants and Auditors, Engaged by the NCE to provide professional services for the annual Export awards to evaluate applications, for selection of award winners by an independence professional panel of judges. The services and expert inputs provided by Ernst & Young in the evaluation process of applications and support services provided to the Panel of Judges has been highly appreciated by all Award Winners and other stakeholders in their capacity as the strategic partner for the event.

Evaluation Procedure

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following three stages detailed below.

First Stage

Applications will be evaluated by a Technical Panel and preliminary marks allocated. At the conclusion of the first stage of evaluation applicants would proceed to the second stage.

Second Stage

The Panel of judges will make a further evaluation, short list the organizations, and call them for an interview to obtain further clarifications. The panel of judges has the right to accept or reject any new information that falls outside the scope of the predetermined evaluation criteria. The panel of judges may make a visit to the applicant enterprise if deemed necessary.

In addition to the information provided by applications, the Panel of Judges may consider information, clarifications, and confirmations directly called from the relevant government authorities.

Third Stage

The panel of judges will make the final selection of award recipients after a careful review of all preliminary evaluation reports, and the outcome of the interviews.

Special Awards

The following awards will be given away based on the criteria outlined.

Most Outstanding Exporter – Overall

Most Outstanding Exporter – Overall – Runner u

Most Outstanding Exporters – Sectorwise

Best Value Added Exporter – Products Sector

Best Value Added Exporter – Services Sector

Best Woman Exporter

Most Outstanding SME Exporter

Best Performing Exporter in Emerging Markets

Note: Documentary evidence to prove exports to the relevant emerging markets should be submitted. (e.g. Copies of CUSDEC’s, Bank confirmations or Customs Confirmation).

Best Sri Lankan Brand Exporter

Most Innovative Exporter/s

Story Behind the trophy

Unveils the restructured Awards Ceremony with innovative special awards, and the re-designed attractive trophy

Story Behind the Trophy The newly designed trophy introduced last year is based on the ideas and concepts given to a designer and to manufacturer to meet the requirements of the Chamber. The
Chamber is the exclusive owner of the concept and the new design.

The Trophy is of cylindrical shape with a Globe carrying the World Map at its apex. The Globe depicts the International nature of export markets covering the entire world. In addition, the concept has the nature of a light house depicting a beacon showing the path ahead for Sri Lankan Exports which is so vital for the economy.

The Three metal plated arrows round the Globe originating from its bottom, increasing in thickness and pointing upwards depicts growth in exports related to International Markets. The three arrows also depict the triple bottom line in respect of exports comprising Profits People and the Planet, which is a modern concept for the overall sustainability of an organization. The Black colour of the trophy depicts Authority and Power in relation to colour psychology, which is reminiscent of the real nature of exports.

NCE Export Awards 2018 – Testimonials 


I thank you for this year also organized an event of “NCE Export Awards – 2018” for us to make feasible access towards Business Bloom.My Special Thanks go to Mr. Shiham Marikkar – Secretary General, Mr. Chandana Wijekoon – Senior Executive, Operations and other officials of NCE Secretariat for providind us guidance and support in every aspect until the completion of Award Presentation Ceremony.

Mr. Jude – Rodrigo

Managing Director – Bopitiya Auto Enterprises

We are thankful for organizing such kind of a glamorous event to reward the Sri Lankan exporters and encouraging them to reach and make Sri Lankan foot print in the Global market.

Mr. Kanishka Suriyarathne

Managing Director – BonTerra Ltd

“Comparatively all arrangements and correspondents are appreciated.

Mr. Suneth Nishantha

Ceylon Eco Organics (Pvt) Ltd

“Compared last year have a big improvement. Need to improve the publicity from electronic media with awards winners.”

Mr. Asela Jayarathne

Richard Pieris Exports PLC

“It was a great Event as well as great Job done by NCE .”

Mr. Sanjaya Kulathunga

Ceylon Jewelry Manufactures

Our Supportive Partners – 26th Annual NCE Export Awards 

  • All
  • Main Sponsor
  • Media Sponsors
  • Premium Sponsors
  • Principal Sponsors
  • Print Media Sponsor
  • Sponsors
  • Strategic Partner
Ceylon Tea
Sampath Bank
CL Senergy
Gold FM
Lake House


National Chamber of Exports (NCE) Sri Lanka has launched the Award Winners Logo in order to confirm the win of our prestigious award winners of the Export Awards who are selected by an independent Panel of Judges.

One of the main benefits as an Award Winner is the opportunity accorded to you to use the information related to your success in winning the Award in all Publicity and Marketing material of the Enterprise both locally and overseas to attract prospective buyers, as well as to enhance the image of the Enterprise with all stakeholders, to expand business, and particularly exports, to increase profitability.