Sri Lanka Logistics & Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA) was established in 1981 with the objective of bringing all freight forwarders and logistics 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 115 leading freight forwarding and logistics companies in its membership.
In addition to specific Air & Sea matters, SLFFA work towards maximizing benefits to the freight forwarding and logistics industry by exploiting to the maximum 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 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.
Developing human resources within the industry through internationally and locally recognized training programs for the staff of member companies as well as those who aspire to join the industry.
Gearing up the industry to face challenges and meet the 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.
The Association 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 logistics industry certified by FIATA. During 2006 SLFFA, set up the training arm Academy of International Trade & Transport(AITT), to pioneer a traineeship for the 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 & logistics industry abreast with the rest of the world. SLFFA also keep connection with activities in other parts of the World and as such is an active member of the regional and global freight forwarding bodies, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations(FIATA) and Federation of Asia-Pacific Air Cargo Associations(FAPAA), 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 regional level.
In addition, SLFFA is also an active member of local bodies that are actively involved in the country’s trade and commerce such as The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and The Sri Lanka Shippers Council. SLFFA liaises closely with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Ports & Shipping, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, Airport & Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited, Sri Lanka Customs, Board of Investment, and Director General Merchant Shipping.
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 freight forwarding activities through the extensive use of cutting-edge technology. The vision is to expand the scope of SLFFA Cargo Services Limited 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 & logistics industry. Hence, along with much improvement in the 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.
To be the leading force in the advancement of Freight & Logistic Services in Sri Lanka
To promote professionalism and excellence and strengthen the freight forwarding and logistics Industry, SLFFA to serve and lead its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation, and information sharing.