Asia’s logistics leader Kerry expanding operations in Sri Lanka - Opportunity Sri Lanka
Asia’s logistics leader Kerry expanding operations in Sri Lanka

Asia’s logistics leader Kerry expanding operations in Sri Lanka

Daily FT: Asia’s leading logistics service provider, Kerry, is bullish about Sri Lanka’s prospects as a hub in South Asia prompting it to expand operations in the country.
Kerry Logistics Network Managing Director, South & South East Asia and Managing Director Operations and Technology Alan Yip was in Sri Lanka recently to strategies future plans as well as meet with customers and employees.
“Sri Lanka is a very good hub for logistics and we see great potential for expansion. At present we are looking for land to build a 100,000 plus square feet warehouse to cater to the growing demand. The new facility will complement part of our existing warehousing business,” Yip told the Daily FT in an interview.
Today Kerry Sri Lanka controls over 250,000 square feet of warehousing facility and functions as a fully-fledged logistics operator.
Asia-based, global 3PL player, has operations in 59 countries and territories with local expertise spanning across the Mainland of China, India, Southeast Asia, the CIS, Middle East, Latin America and other locations. It offers a broad range of supply chain solutions from integrated logistics, international freight forwarding (air, ocean, road, rail and multimodal), e-commerce and express to industrial project logistics and infrastructure investment.
In 2022 it achieved a revenue of $ 11 billion and has over 43,000 employees. The Company has seen rapid growth in comparison to operations in 19 countries with 19,000 employees a decade ago.
Kerry Logistics’ confidence in the future potential prompted it to invest in Sri Lanka in a joint venture with IAS Holdings Ltd., in 2020 as opposed to an agency arrangement. The IAS Holdings team includes industry specialists Tania Polonnowita Wettimuny, entrepreneur and Group Managing Director and Jagath Pathirana, Group Director.
Yip’s first visit to Sri Lanka was to provide support and strategic alignments with regional development together with Southeast Asia. Kerry Logistics is a member of the famous Kuok Group which owns Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and SF Express, the largest express operator in China.
Kerry Logistics recently initiated a Multi-Country Consolidation (MCC) program involving Less than Container Load (LCL) cargo using Sri Lanka as the hub.
From Kerry Logistics’ perspective, “we are here to stay in the long term and our expansion plans are a testimony,” Yip emphasized.
The programmed offers weekly direct LCL services from key Asian gateways to multiple country destinations across the globe. The new offerings will leverage Kerry’s presence and extensive ground support in Asia to provide customers with increased cost efficiency and dedicated customer care from Container Freight Station (CFS) to CFS for cargoes of any size. With the new weekly scheduled LCL services, suitable for all industries, KLN caters to more than 2,800 corridors worldwide.
Yip also welcomed Sri Lanka’s major developments such as the Colombo Port City as well as the Government’s efforts to bring stability and stimulate growth via a program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and reforms. He also emphasized that Sri Lanka’s neutrality and strategic location in the Indian Ocean augurs well for the future.
Yip was of the view that Sri Lanka further strengthening its competitiveness including infrastructure and efficiencies will help to sustain and grow the hub status. He was full of praise for Sri Lanka’s management expertise and talent pool especially with IAS Holdings. This he said was a key reason for the growth of Kerry Logistics in Sri Lanka along with the in-house specialized freight management system with advanced security features. Kerry Logistics Lanka is headed by Michael Van Dort in his capacity as Vice President with a team of experienced, young and energetic professionals.
Acknowledging the fact that the country went through its biggest crisis, Yip said that the message to Sri Lankan customers was as long as they remain positive opportunities will follow.
“As leaders, even though it’s the most difficult situation, you have to think for the best outcome and lead the people to where we need to be. The combined task by the team will give a better result than efforts individually,” he added.

OSL take:
Sri Lanka’s logistics sector has shown vast expansion due to the overall growth in the country’s aviation and maritime industries. The latest announcement of the expansion programmed of a global logistics leader in Sri Lanka is indicative of the growth and business potential in Sri Lanka’s logistics industry. Sri Lanka’s geographical positioning in the Indian Ocean and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country have also helped boost the business/investment opportunities in the country’s logistics industry. With the steady expansions recorded in Sri Lanka’s aviation and maritime industries, foreign businesses/investors could confidently explore the expanding opportunities in the country’s logistics industry. They could also look at forming partnerships or joint ventures with local businesses engaged in the industry. Also, foreign businesses could look at developing supplementary infrastructure facilities required to keep up with the expanding aviation and maritime industries.

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