Hub services in Sri Lanka

In today’s global trade, your storage solutions require more than a one-size-fits-all approach. As businesses look for more synergies from inventory storage and cheaper warehousing locations outside the US and Europe, a flexible container consolidation facility is an ideal fit. That’s where our Colombo transhipment hub comes in.

You can position your goods closer to key markets in Asia and Europe, control when and where your cargo needs to be delivered, and get the flexibility to change their final destination. Our hub, with an area of 500,00 sq. ft, is a cost-effective warehousing space that can be used to speed up or slow down your supply chain. The solution enables you to ease pressure on your facilities by functioning as a ‘virtual warehouse.’ When the time is right, you can then transport your goods directly from our hub to the destination of your choice with unmatched speed and reliability.

To know the full benefits of our hub solutions, contact us, and we’ll be happy to take you through our entire catalogue.

Simplifying shipping across the globe

As Asia's share of global trade increases, so do your business opportunities. Our Colombo transhipment hub is strategically placed to facilitate your growth as a consolidation/deconsolidation centre for the Asian value chains.

To know more about the ease of connectivity from multimodal, download our timetable.

Here’s how it helps your supply chain

Space advantage

Acts as a virtual warehouse and manages space constraints and limited capacity at your facilities during challenging times.

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Cost-effectiveness

Helps reduce costs by up to 30% compared to traditional warehousing, with no working capital or binding volume conditions.

Supply chain optimisation
Supply chain flexibility

Slowdown or speed up your flow of cargo by positioning it closer to key markets. It also offers the flexibility to decide or change the final consignee during storage.

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Shorter time to market

Up to 70% reduced “Order to Delivery” lead time with unmatched reliability from our Hubs to final destinations.

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Value-added services

We offer re-packing and seal changes as part of our value-added services.

Simple claim process
Ease of doing business

Hassle-free legislation and no red tape in transactions. Your cargo is not subject to customs formalities and monitoring, which also helps streamline documentation procedures.

Dedicated expertise
One partner

A single point of contact with full visibility, customisation and control of your inventory.

Services we offer in our Colombo hub

Your cargo arrives from multiple origins or sources. Our Colombo hub offers services to not just store your goods but also consolidate and deconsolidate at the shipment or order level. Our expert teams in the port city can take care of your documentation, recommend the best mode of transport and facilitate your other logistics requirements.

We have two prime offerings for our customers when operating out of our Colombo transhipment hub:

Container- level storage

Flex hub: Can hold your containers under transhipment status until the time is right to deliver your cargo to the destination of your choice. Know more about Flex Hub here.

Cargo level storage

  • Multi-County Consolidation (MCC): Combine your shipments from multiple origins and vendors in our hub facility.
  • Regional Distribution Centre (RDC): We can hold your cargo as well as pick & pack for direct-to-store deliveries.
  • Value-added services (VAS): We can sort your shipment without a change to the HS code, along with quality checks and assurance at a lower cost of service compared to origins.
  • In-transit Postponement (DIT): The flexibility to store your goods indoor and outdoor at the hub based on your requirement and basis the agreed D&D at cargo level. Your cargo can be reshipped in the second leg upon confirmation. All documents and packing list changes can be carried out at the hub as per customer specifications.

Why you must choose Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one of the fastest-growing economies, buoyed by the country’s location at the centre of international trade lanes. The port city of Colombo provides quick and efficient global and regional connectivity, moving cargo between China, South-East Asia and the Indian sub-continent, and the rest of the world.

Some of its location benefits include

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Centralised location

Global connectivity through the East-West Trade Route

Lower deviation time

Significantly lower deviation time compared to other ports in the Indian Ocean

Cargo Based

More connectivity

South Asia’s only deep-water terminal with up to 70 sailings per week to all major ports and 600 flights weekly to all major destinations

Better security

Higher levels of security with 24x7 CCTV coverage within the facility and the internal and external parameter

Container count reduction

Ample storage

Container-based storage options inside Colombo port

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Online access

Online system integration with the port authority for import/export container visibility.

Ease of business

Cargo-based storage option in Free Trade Zones (FTZ) located at proximity to both sea and airports

Some of its trade benefits include

Trade benefits

Free Trade and Preferential Trade Agreements with India, Pakistan, South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) and Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA)

One stop solution

Value-added services

One-stop solution for a diverse range of services (HUB consolidation / VAS / In-transit postponement / Regional DC)

Advanced port facilities

Best-in-class infrastructure enabling handling of a wide array of commodities

Duty-free operations

Enables duty-free handling and value addition to products

Value-added services at Colombo

  • Quality Check and management
  • RFID Labelling
  • Kitting
  • Stickering
  • Garments on hanger (GOH)
  • Labelling and ironing
  • Scan and packing
  • Shrink wrapping and bundling
  • Refilling

Certified quality

The port city of Colombo has been recognised internationally for its services and infrastructure. Here are some of the vendor certifications associated with the port.

  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 14064:2006 Greenhouse Gas Accounting & Verification
  • OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational
  • Health & Safety Management Systems
  • C-TPAT compliant
  • Business Social Compliance Initiative
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