Hayleys commissions modern Container Freight Station
The Hayleys Group last week commissioned a modern Container Freight
Station (CFS) to offer Sri Lanka’s importers, exporters and logistic
service providers a comprehensive range of value added logistics
services for their cargoes.
This facility has an added advantage as it will house a Customs
Import Bond to facilitate the import and management of industrial inputs
such as raw materials and components for the manufacture of finished
products for export.
Set up as a member of Hayleys Advantis, the Group’s Transportation
business cluster, the modern complex aptly named ‘Logilink (Pvt) Ltd.,
at Welisara comprises 42,000 square feet of covered warehouse space with
10 container loading bays and a one acre yard.
It is designed and equipped to comply with the USA’s rigorous C-TPAT
(Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) and the European TAPA
(Transported Asset Protection Association) safety requirements for
The facility is targeted primarily at supporting the needs of all
stakeholders who patronise and support the country’s apparel
manufacturing sector. The Customs Bond which offers Deconsolidation and
delivery of imported raw materials and other inputs will be of
particular value to local apparel manufacturers, the company said.
Hayleys PLC Chairman N.G. Wickremeratne said this latest investment
in the Group’s portfolio of businesses in the Transportation sector
would represent a standard of excellence comparable with the highest in
the industry, and comply with all environmental, social, security and
According to Executive Director of Logilink, Capt. Lasitha
Cumaratunga the role of the company would be to manage a critical
segment in the logistics, of its customers bringing greater efficiency,
direct and indirect cost savings and value additions that would enable
these companies to better focus on their core operations.
“Many international buyers require consolidation of consignments from
multiple factories and appoint Consolidators to coordinate the process,”
Capt. Cumaratunga said.
“Logilink is offering a facility with state-of-the-art infrastructure
including CCTV monitoring of all cargo, high security access control,
bar coding, Automatic Identification and Data Capturing (AIDC) and
two-way inventory information to these service providers and customers
adding value for all parties.”
In the case of inbound cargo, the Customs Bond facility will provide
de-bonding, storage and delivery to factories on a Just-in-Time basis
that could enable such factories to free valuable space to expand their
production capacity, he said.
“One important aspect of the CFS facility is that because Logilink is
providing common-user infrastructure, customers only pay as they use,
and do not have to invest and manage any infrastructure themselves,”
Capt. Cumaratunga said.
By locating and servicing its consolidation and customs bond
facilities at a single location, Logilink has an opportunity to maximise
savings on inland transport by using the same vehicle fleet that
delivers raw materials to carry outbound manufactured goods to the CFS,
establishing a link between a customer’s import and export supply
chains, he said, adding that this enables the company to look for
innovative ways to bring down costs for its customers.