Expo Freight and Expo Lanka Ltd. bag three awards at NCE Awards

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Expolanka Holdings PLC’s subsidiaries Expolanka Freight (EFL), and Expolanka Ltd. walked away with top honours with two Gold and one Bronze award at the 21st Annual National Chamber of Exporters Awards Ceremony held in Colombo. Expolanka Freight (EFL) won the Gold as the Most Outstanding Exporter - Service Providers to Exporters and Gold for the Service Providers to Exporters ‘Extra- Large Category’. It is noteworthy that EFL won Silver in this category at the previous year’s awards and a Bronze the preceding year. Launched 30 years ago, EFL is a prominent IATA agent in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the USA. It commands a global footprint today with staff strength of over 1200 across 16 countries and 45 cities. Its tailor-made flexible solutions, strategic reach and reliability, coupled with its multi-modal transportation and logistics with ocean and air transportation have positioned EFL as one of the largest air and ocean freight forwarders, in the region. While engaged in the regular handling of perishables, commodities, telecom and medical equipment, project cargo, machinery and pharmaceuticals, the company primarily focuses on servicing the apparel industry as fashion logistics specialists. Expo Freight CEO Jagath Pathirane said: “We are indeed proud to have won these awards for the last three consecutive years and we wish to place on record our appreciation to our loyal customers, our partners/service providers locally and across the world and most importantly our dedicated EFL team who have over the years travelled on this journey with us. “Having roots in Sri Lanka and then spreading our wings globally to as many as 16 countries, we are happy that we have been able to not only support the local industries with logistics services but also earn valuable foreign exchange from our international operations. This will no doubt motive us all to further continue our commitment to this industry.” Expolanka Ltd., the pioneer exporter of Sri Lanka’s fresh fruits and vegetables starting in 1978, won the Bronze award in the ‘Extra Large Category for Value Added Agriculture – Coconut-based Products. Expolanka Ltd. has a prominent presence in the markets of the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Africa, Australia, Europe, and the United Kingdom, and has continued to be Sri Lanka’s largest exporter for these produce, for the past several years. Commenting on the award, Expolanka Ltd. CEO Mohamed Annam said: “We are honoured and privileged to receive this accolade. We have always been keen in developing the local industry and taking our products to the global market. This award is a testimony to our contribution and efforts”. Expolanka Ltd. has earned a reputation as a reliable and quality conscious exporter and has won several accolades including the Presidential Award for Exports and the National Chamber of Exporters Gold award for Value Added Agriculture under the Extra Large Category in the past.