30.03.2012 in Expolanka by admin 0

Expolanka: Specialised Freight Services for the Apparel Industry


At Expolanka, we have built up considerable expertise in servicing the apparel industry by providing freight services to this vital export sector for Sri Lanka. In operation since 1978, our subsidiary Expolanka Freight specialises in being a fashion logistics service provider dealing with many globally renowned clothing brands. It is one of Sri Lanka’s leading freight forwarding companies and has firmly established itself as one of the largest freight forwarders in the Asian sub-continent and the sub-Saharan region of Africa, providing integrated, supply chain management of logistics services.

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Expolanka Freight has developed numerous innovative services to assist the industry:

  • Dedicated Operational Unit: EFL operates units that are dedicated to meeting single client accounts in order to provide a superior service.Air/Sea Combined Transportation: Expolanka again pioneered a solution to the apparel industry to avoid transit delays and meet buyers delivery deadlines to partner the speed to market concept without compromising the high cost of airfreight. The first leg of the shipment carried to a hub port by air and connect the cargo to a sea voyage is a novelty that effectively brought speed with cost effectiveness to the discerning exporter and buyers alike.
  • Quality Assurance Centres (QAC): Within our warehouse premises, apparel buyers are able to set up their individual QAC for storing, sorting and shipping garments. The buying offices can manage their QAC or entrust the responsibility to Expolanka.
  • Garments on Hangers (GOH) concept: We were also the first in Sri Lanka to commence this service that has greatly assisted Sri Lankan apparel manufacturers and foreign retailers as it reduces delivery times from production facilities to retail stores.
  • Multi Country Consolidation (MCC): Expolanka also undertakes MCC to enable collection, re-packing, distribution and storage of freight from multiple countries and re-routing this freight to one of more destinations. Our own freighters operate both scheduled and non-scheduled flights to service clients based within the region. This is a crucial to the apparel industry, which requires global shipping services through a network of manufacturers and retailers.

In keeping with the entrepreneurial spirit that is integral to our culture, we are not resting on past achievements! Expolanka continues to innovate in the apparel logistics sector:

Furthering our specialisation in apparel logistics, Expolanka will be setting up a dedicated fashion-logistics warehouse, at Orugodawatta, Wellampitiya to leverage on Sri Lanka’s fast growing status as a trans-shipment hub. To ensure continuity of service excellence, Expolanka Freight has already set up office in Hambantota and has also been named Cargo Agent for Sri Lankan airlines in Hambantota. - Group CEO of Expolanka, Hanif Yusoof

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