The paradise isle in the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s economy rapidly expanded in the 1980s, largely due to 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 115 leading industry players and is recognized as the apex body with an effective national voice representing the freight forwarding industry.

Past Chairman/Chairperson Since 1981

  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

  Mr. Dushmantha Karannagoda (2013 – 2015)Marine Transport Services (Pvt) Ltd

  Ms. Tania Polonnowita Wettimuny (2015 – 2017)Hellmann Worldwide (Pvt) Ltd