Sri Lanka has become a thriving logistic hub in the South Asian region. With the strategic geographical location in close proximity to the emerging markets and the international shipping routes that link Asia to Europe, the country is perfectly positioned to develop its logistics sector. Further, Sri Lanka's proximity to the Indian sub-content positions the country as a gateway to a market of 1.3 billion people.
Against this backdrop and given its eminence as global centre of innovation and production excellence, Sri Lanka presents a unique proposition for further development into a world-class logistics hub, linking global supply chains with a new generation of consumers in the fastest growing economies in the world.
South Asia Gateway Terminals (SAGT) the first public private partnership container terminal in Sri Lanka, commenced operations in 1999, launching the Port of Colombo as global trade’s preeminent gateway hub to South Asia. Today, the terminal is one of three operators in the Port of Colombo and continues to offer the international container shipping community a competitive best in class service.
The company is a Board of Investment flagship entity with approximately 60% of Sri Lankan shareholding, and is backed by John Keells Holdings, APM Terminals, SLPA and Peony investments (subsidiary of Evergreen Marine Corporation).
Over the years, SAGT attracted multiple independent globally recognized “best practice” awards and achieved an impressive 2 Million TEU milestone in a calendar-year in the consecutive years of 2018 and 2019. Today SAGT pursues its commitment in maintaining international standards and its position as the transshipment hub of South Asia.
Colombo International Container Terminals Ltd., (CICT) is a joint venture Company between China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited. A listed blue chip company in the Hong Kong stock exchange and the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). Under a 35 year Build Operate and Transfer Agreement with SLPA, Colombo’s third container terminal with a 3 million teus capacity was constructed in the Port of Colombo, Sri Lanka, under the Colombo South Harbour expansion project. CMPH holds 85% of the partnership whilst the balance 15% is being held by SLPA.
Hayleys Free Zone is a legal entity established under the Commercial Hub Regulation Act No. 1 of 2013 and operates as an offshore location to provide logistics services to global clients, mainly with the aim of offering storage and value added services for re-export, as done in other free zones across the Globe.
Founded in 1982, EFL is one of the largest and most reliable freight forwarding and logistics companies in the region. As the single most recognized brand under Expolanka, EFL has been the forerunner of all global expansions and growth. The company has capabilities and expertise to cover the full spectrum of supply chain solutions, backed by competitive pricing structures, strong procurement capabilities leading to high capacities and a wide range of global contracts for air and ocean freight services including charter capabilities. With a strong foothold in the fashion vertical, EFL has worked with leading clients to create customized “Speed2market” solutions across the world.
Aitken Spence Shipping was inaugurated over three decades ago. With the organization initially catering to the requirements of shipping lines, forwarders, consignees, and shippers, via the Colombo port.
Over the years Aitken Spence Shipping has advanced into a fully integrated logistics service provider, by incorporating the right people, cutting-edge technology, and expertise both locally, as well as globally. This has transformed the organisation into the foremost provider of third-party logistics in the region while setting the benchmark by which all others are measured.
Aitken Spence Shipping offers the most robust, comprehensive, forward-looking and professional range of logistics solutions. All of which can be scaled to meet even the most detailed needs or demanding conditions.
Sri Lanka practices a variety of trans-shipment methods including Hub-and-Spoke, Interlining/ Intersection, and Relay. Sri Lanka also provides auxiliary maintenance and replenishing services including dry and wet dock repairs, crew changes, supplying and replenishing victuals and water.