Cargo Business

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

SriLankan Cargo, the cargo arm of SriLankan Airlines, has handled the largest volume of transhipment cargo in January 2003 since July 2001.
The volume of transhipment cargo handled in January totalled 1,341 metric tonnes, the airline said on Wednesday. rn

rnSriLankan Cargos contributes around 14 percent to the airlines group revenues.rn

rnSriLankans fleet currently comprises two Airbus A320s, four A330s and three A340s and an Antonov AN 12 cargo freighter.rn

rnTranshipment cargo mainly originates from the Far East, Australia and South East Asia to South India and Europe as well as from Europe to South India and the Gulf. rn

rnThe type of transhipment cargo that is generally handled by SriLankan Cargo is general cargo and comprises garments, medicines, spare parts, fabric and computer accessories. rn

rnPerishable cargo is also shipped from Europe via Colombo to the Gulf and comprises meat, fruits and vegetables and flowers. Perishable cargo transits through the Colombo hub from Male and Oman