Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA) was established in 1981 with the objective of bringing all Freight Forwarders under one umbrella and with a view to institutionalizing and professionalizing the trade. Today the Government, relevant Government agencies and the trade have recognized the SLFFA as the Apex body representing the industry. SLFFA currently has 108 leading Freight Forwarding Companies in its membership. SLFFA is a member of the regional freight forwarding body Federation of Asia Pacific Air cargo Associations (FAPAA) and the international freight forwarding body FIATA.
The SLFFA works toward maximizing the benefits to the freight forwarding industry by exploiting to the maximum the potential of Sri Lanka’s strategic geographical location. It has identified the need for greater investment for the development of Air and Sea freight facilities, infrastructure and in the development of human resources to sustain the fruition of Sri Lanka becoming the hub port in the region. Towards this, the SLFFA has played a participatory role in developing a comprehensive shipping policy for Sri Lanka and in formulating a National Civil Aviation Development Plan.
The Association is mindful of the developments taking place in the international freight forwarding arena and tries to keep the Sri Lankan Freight Forwarding industry abreast with the rest of the world. The Association is working towards raising standards within the industry and making the Sri Lankan Freight forwarding industry a dynamic and more responsive trade sector by :-
- Reducing the inconsistencies in vital areas such as documentation, liability insurance, standard trading conditions and settlement of claims to be in the best interests of the trade.
- We are heading human resources development within the industry through international training programmes for member of the staff who is aspiring to the industry.
- Gearing up the industry to face challenges and meet demands of an electronic trading environment.
- Having a close relationship and an active dialogue with the Airlines, Shipping Lines, Customs, Port Authority and relevant Government agencies and trade bodies.
In a nutshell, we grow with the Nation, with the Economy and with the dynamic business environment.
Sri Lanka, also known as the paradise in the Indian Ocean in ancient days, is now set to become the South Asian hub that would see an increase in the freight forwarding activities through the extensive use of cutting-edge-technology. The vision is to expand the scope of SLFFA Cargo services as the commercial arm of SLFFA and develop projects in areas such as E.D.I., training, ocean freight handling that would be for the common use & benefit of the whole freight forwarding industry. Hence, along with much improvement in current state of business which is made possible due to team effort of the authorities involved such as the Airport Aviation Services, the Port Authority, the EDB, the Department of Civil Aviation and the Airlines and the shipping companies themselves, would make Sri Lanka the best hub in this region and of course one of the leading in the world, in the long run.
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