Expolanka Freight (Pvt) Ltd. (EFL), a pioneer provider of global logistics, took home the award for Best Exporter of Logistics Services at the Presidential Export Awards (PEA) 2018/19, held on September 19, 2019 at the BMICH.
Now on its 23rd consecutive year, the PEA is held to recognize exporters who have excelled in the Sri Lankan export sector, particularly in non-traditional products and services.
It is awarded by the President of Sri Lanka at a prestigious annual event organised by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), spearheaded by Chairperson and Chief Executive of the EDB, Indira Malwatte.
Awards are presented across a wide spectrum of categories, to both small and large exporters, for their exceptional contribution to the national economy. The selection criteria has been expanded beyond export turnover, to also take into consideration factors such as growth rate for the PEA year, market diversification, the number of employment opportunities provided, and value addition.
Ranked among the top five logistics solutions providers in the Indian sub-continent, EFL is also one of the most respected freight forwarders in Sri Lanka and internationally. EFL provides the most advanced logistics services, over 500,000 sq.ft of warehousing space, sea-air freight services, end to end solutions with 3PL and fleet management, door-to-door, a dedicated finished goods facility with in-house customs verification, last mile services, and 24/7 Watch Tower and Freeport Operations, to name a few.
“We are honoured to have been recognized by the EDB for our contribution to the export industry and logistic services in Sri Lanka. As a leading global corporation, our priority has always been to ensure the highest possible standards in freight forwarding and logistic services. At EFL, we are in constant pursuit of perfection, and we are determined to not stop short of achieving it. We take great pride in having received this coveted accolade, emblematic of our continued commitment to developing and strengthening the export industry, both at home and internationally. I extend my deepest appreciation to the EFL team and stakeholders – our most valuable assets, without whom we would not be able to maintain our high standards and precise delivery,” said EFL Sri Lanka, CEO, and immediate past President of the Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA), Jagath Pathirana, regarding their win.
This year, a total of 89 awards were presented to exporters at the PEA awards – including 14 Overall Awards, 42 Sectoral Awards for services and products and 13 Merit Awards for talented individuals. Award selections follow strict evaluation criteria, deliberated on by a distinguished panel, led by a retired Judge of the Supreme Court.
EFL is a member of Expolanka PLC – a leading conglomerate with interests in Logistics, Leisure and Investments. The company is ranked among the top 30 air forwarders and within the top 40 ocean freighters in the world. With solutions ranging from dedicated weekly freighters from Asia to USA, warehouse management of over 447,000 m2 of floor area worldwide, the company offers a host of supply chain solutions across its network of 60+ offices in 18 countries. The company continues to integrate the United Nations Global Compact (UN GC) and its principles as part of their business strategy, culture and day-to-day operations and remains engaged in collaborative projects that support the Sustainable Development Goals.