Implementation of E-Airway Bill

Sri Lanka Logistics and Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA),  Civil Aviation Authority Sri Lanka (CAASL) and Sri Lankan Cargo jointly organised a workshop recently for the Freight Forwarders and Airline industry on the submission of Electronic Air Way Bills( EAWB) relating to air cargo exports. Officials from International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Cargo Community Network (CCN) Singapore also were in attendance and conducted briefings on the importance of this initiative taken by CAASL.

This workshop hopes to usher air cargo into a new era where digital processes will be the norm and paper processes will be the exception. E-AWB brings numerous benefits such as:

    Elimination of paper based processes
    Improved efficiency and reliability of the overall cargo handling process
    Faster delivery times
    Decrease handling errors
    Positive impact on the environment with reduced paper usage

The E-AWB concept commenced in 2013 with a few Airlines and Freight Forwarders taking the lead, with the objective to initiate the digitalization of the air cargo supply chain. Ever since, the e-AWB initiative has been a key enabler to the digitalization and transformation of our industry, as data availability and quality is critical to deliver innovative solutions and enhance customer experience. The growing number of stakeholders using e-AWB demonstrates that the industry is ready and committed to embrace the full digitalization of the air cargo industry in the near future. CAASL intends to achieve 90% compliance towards E-AWB adoption by all stakeholders by the end of the year.


SLFFA Members Night 2019

SLFFA Members night was held on 19th December 2019 at The Stables Park Street Mews. It was a fun filled evening with the freight forwarding fraternity! 


SLFFA General Membership meeting

SLFFA held the General Membership meeting on the 25th of November 2019 at The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. 


Dangerous Goods Regulations Training Program 2019 (Refresher Course)

Dangerous Goods Regulations Training Program Conducted by SLFFA and  IATA took place from 19th to 22nd November 2019 for the students renewing the certificate. 


Dangerous Goods Regulations Training Program 2019 (Initial Course)

Dangerous Goods Regulations Training Program Conducted by SLFFA and  IATA took place from 5th November to 8th November 2019 for a new batch. 


SLFFA Cricket Sixes 2019

SLFFA Cricket Sixes 2019 Champions Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd and Runners up Globactiv Logistics (Pvt) Ltd. 

Bowl Champions were Benchmark Logistics International (Pvt) Ltd and Plate Champions were Salota International (Pvt) Ltd


SLFFA Cricket sixes - Main Sponsors

Allianz Insurance Lanka Limited came in as the Main Sponsor for the SLFFA Cricket Sixes 2019


38th Annual General Meeting of SLFFA

38th Annual General Meeting of SLFFA was held on 5th July 2019 at Hilton Colombo Residences. 

Roshan Silva of CL Synergy (Pvt) Ltd was appointed as the new Chairman. The Chief Guest of the event was Hanif Yusoof, Founder President Expolanka International Limited and Group CEO of Expolanka Holdings PLC. Jagath Pathirane stepped down as the SLFFA Chairman upon completing 2 successful years of SLFFA Activities. 


SLFFA General Membership Meeting

General Membership meeting of SLFFA was held on 28th March 2019 at The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce



SLFFA held its biennial Dinner Dance at the Hilton Colombo, on 09th November 2018. In the past years, SLFFA had always organized the biennial ‘Dinner Dance’ event to support a worthy cause within our society.

SLFFA has always donated the proceeds of this event to support a worthy cause that has been pre-identified by the Executive Committee and as in previous years, this years’ funds as well will be donated to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH). Following positive feedback received from the Doctors and the nursing staff at LRH for the quality of work and equipment provided by SLFFA, and the humbling experience gained by the final outcome of the projects undertaken, the Executive Committee decided to continue with assisting the LRH with necessary aid to uplift the quality of services provided to the general public.

SLFFA donated 31 Operating Theatre Doors worth of 2.5 Million from the Dance 2012 funds and a total of 10 high quality patient trolleys along with the mattresses worth 1.2 Million to the Hospital from SLFFA Dance 2014 funds. Continuing with its CSR initiatives, SLFFA donated cleaning equipment for operating theatres and wards and installed CCTV camera system worth of 1.1 Million, to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital from the funds collected SLFFA Dance 2016.

As the main sponsor of the event Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd and as Co-sponsors; Hayleys Advantis & SLFFA Cargo Services (Pvt) Ltd contributed towards this cause. The South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) was the Strategic Partner of the event and other primary contributors under Platinum Sponsors were APS Logistics (Pvt) Ltd, Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT), CL Synergy Freight Partners, Emirates Sky Cargo, Euro Asia Cargo (Pvt) Ltd, Inter Air & Sea Logistics (Pvt) Ltd, McLarens Holdings Limited, Pership Synergy, Sea Trade Services (Pvt) Ltd, Turkish Air lines, Vinflair Logistics (Pvt) Ltd, Freight Links International (Pvt) Ltd, Speedmark Transportation Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

SLFFA also wishes to place on record its gratitude to all SLFFA members, Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsors and all other contributors who assisted this event through their generous contributions and tremendous support.


Dangerous Goods Regulations Refresher & Initial (Full Course)

SLFFA conducted its annual DGR training program for the staff of member companies. The refresher course for those who renewed their Certificate conducted on 6 & 7 November 2018 and the Initial full course was conducted from 12 to 15 November 2018 at the Hilton Colombo Residences.



The Association conducted a Breakfast Meeting on 20th September 2018 at the Hilton Colombo Residences, on the topic of “Controlling your own destiny with unmatched flexibility and adaptability - Learn the technologies that are reshaping the global forwarding & 3pl”. The session was conducted by Mr. David Houser, Senior Vice President, International Sales at Highjump Warehouse Management Execution Group.

At the session it was immensely discussed about evolving with the ever changing global trends that will be demanded from client base and the participants had the opportunity to network with other members who attended the event.



The Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders’ Association (SLFFA) held its 37th Annual General Meeting on on 6th July 2018 at the Colombo Hilton Residences. The Chief Guest for the occasion was Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah, Managing Director/CEO of Cargills Bank Limited and the Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Jagath Pathirane, Director/CEO of Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd and CAO of Expolanka Holdings PLC was re-elected for the second consecutive year as the Chairman for the period 2018/2019 whilst Mr. Roshan Silva, Managing Director, CL Synergy (Pvt) Ltd and Mr. Dinesh Sri Chandrasekara, Director HTL Logistics (Pvt) Ltd were elected Vice Chairman and Treasurer respectively.

The Executive Committee elected for the period 2018/2019 comprises of Ace Cargo (Pvt) Ltd, Expelogix (Pvt) Ltd, DHL Global Forwarding Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, MAC Supply Chain Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, Maersk Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Mack International Freight (Pvt) Ltd, and Speedmark Transportation Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.