History of Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association

The paradise isle in the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s economy rapidly expanded in the 1980s, largely due the country moving to an open economic environment, resulting in a huge growth in the nation’s import and export sectors. Large infrastructure projects got under way, the manufacturing sector saw raw materials arriving from overseas and quality finished products being manufactured and exported to various parts of the world in large quantities. New export markets opened up for the world renowned Sri Lankan Tea better known as “Ceylon Tea”, Garments were produced for various internationally renowned brand names worldwide, rubber, fiber and other products in value added form too moved in large scale and import products such as food items, electronics and intermediary goods relied heavily on the movement of goods, through air and sea gateways all the way through countries world over.


With the rapid expansion in international trade saw the growing need for efficient supply chain solution. In this backdrop, the freight forwarding and logistics industry in Sri Lanka took on a vital and active role. The speed of its expansion created intense competition as well as haphazard growth. Many felt the industry needed direction, as the industry was unregulated and had no controlling body to ensure freight forwarders operated according to international standards. To confront the problems facing the industry at this time, a group of international freight forwarders gathered together and finally decided to form an association that would benefit the entire sector.

Based on a proposal for the formation of a freight forwarders’ association, in 1981, the Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA) was officially inaugurated.

After SLFFA had been founded, the original members invited other freight forwarders to join the association, and today under its umbrella has over 90 leading industry players and is recognized as the apex body with an effective national voice representing the freight forwarding industry.

Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA) was established in 1981 with the objective of bringing all Freight Forwarders and logistic providers 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 over 108 leading freight forwarding and logistics companies in its membership.

In addition to specific Air & Sea matters, the SLFFA work towards maximizing the benefits to the freight forwarding and logistics 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 also working towards raising standards within the industry and making the Sri Lankan Freight forwarding and logistics industry a dynamic and more responsive trade sector.

SLFFA also strengthened its presence at both local committee and regional and world representative level., the organization continued to develop and deliver a comprehensive vocational training program which has progressed to cover most subjects required by operatives in the freight forwarding and logistic industry certified by FIATA. During 2006 SLFFA, set up the training arm AITT Academy of International Trade & Transport, to pioneer a traineeship for our Industry. SLFFA also continues to increase its membership services

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. SLFFA also keep in touch with activities in other parts of the World and as such is an active member of the following regional and global Freight Forwarding bodies
FIATA the World body of Freight Forwarder Associations and FAPAA (Federation of Asia-Pacific Aircargo Associations) the regional body formed by seventeen country Association who are very active in developing common solutions to issues of concern to air forwarders at a global and region level.

In addition SLFFA is also an active member of local bodies that are actively involved in countries trade and commerce. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and The Sri Lanka Shippers Council.

SLFFA liaises closely with the, Airport and Aviation service of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Customs, Board of Investment, Ministry of Ports & Shipping, Director Merchant Shipping and the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.


  •     Mr. S.S. Kumar (1981 – 1984) – ACE Cargo (Pvt) Limited
  •     Mr. Ravi Emmanuel (1984 – 1985) – Harrisons & Crossfield Ltd
  •     Mr. A.C.W. Alexander (1985 – 1988) – Euro Asia Airfreight (Pvt) Ltd
  •     Mr. Reyaz Farook (1988 – 1991) – Hecny Transportation (Pvt) Limited
  •     Mr. Hanif Yusoof (1991 – 1993) – Expolanka(Pvt) Ltd
  •     Mr. Diren Hallock (1993 – 1996) – Hecny Transportation(Pvt) Ltd
  •     Mr. Charles Wijesundera (1996 – 1998) – Dart Express Lanka(Pvt) Ltd
  •     Mr. Sumith Guruge (1998 – 2000) – Fritz Airfreight(Pvt) Ltd


  •  Mr. Romesh David (2000 – 2002) – Mack International(Pvt) Ltd
  •  Mr. Sunil Malawana (2002 – 2004) – Speedmark Transportation Lanka(Pvt) Ltd
  •  Mr. Rohantha Pieris (2004 – 2006) – Ace Cargo(Pvt) Ltd
  •  Mr. Niral Kadawatharatchie (2006 – 2008) – Freight Links International(Pte) Ltd
  •  Mr. Ruwan Waidyaratne (2008 – 2009) – MIT Cargo(Pvt) Ltd
  •  Mr. Tony De Livera (2009 – 2011) – Wings Logistics(Pvt) Ltd
  •  Mr. S. Mohanadas (2011 – 2013) – Dart Global Logistics (Pvt) Ltd




All correspondence to:
Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association
37 D, Torrington Avenue,
Colombo 00700,
Sri Lanka.
Tel: +94 11 4943031
Fax: +94 11 250 7577



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