Expolanka Holdings is a globally acclaimed conglomerate based in Sri Lanka, known for its diversified presence in four pivotal sectors: logistics, leisure, IT, and food. Guided by a forward-thinking mindset and a meticulously planned growth roadmap, we continually challenge industry standards, further cementing our leadership in these dynamic sectors.
Our journey began in 1978 when Expolanka Limited took its first steps as a fresh produce exporter. Fuelled by the resolute desire to unlock Sri Lanka's untapped potential in an open economy, we embarked on pioneering diverse industries. Our remarkable success extended beyond our nation's borders, earning us a global reputation.
Today, Expolanka Holdings excels in delivering end-to-end solutions across our core sectors, thriving in challenging emerging markets. We are recognised for innovation, infrastructure advocacy, and facilitating international trade agreements. At the core of our achievements lies our dedication to strategic growth, encompassing infrastructure improvement, risk mitigation, and a devoted team. Our organisational ethos centres on delivering excellent service, prioritising customers, upholding responsibility, and ensuring the well-being of our employees. This cultural foundation ensures that we consistently provide outstanding value to both our clients and partners while upholding our fundamental principles.
Expolanka Holdings became a subsidiary of SG Holdings Group, one of the leading logistics conglomerates headquartered in Tokyo, in 2014. SG Holdings Group is the parent company of Sagawa Express, a premier delivery company in East Asia.
SG Holdings Group has a formidable presence across the Asian continent, operating in over 30 countries. Similar to Expolanka's strategic diversification, SG Holdings has strategically expanded into multiple core sectors, with a strong emphasis on the delivery and logistics industry. Additionally, their diversified portfolio extends to include real estate ventures, human resource management, and expert IT consultancy services.
This investment marked a significant milestone as one of the largest and most impactful foreign transactions within the Sri Lankan market. This achievement not only solidified Expolanka's position but also elevated it to the league of corporate multinationals that extend their reach beyond national borders.
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors brings a wealth of experience and expertise to guide our organisation's journey.
Committed to excellence and innovation, our diverse board members play a pivotal role in shaping our strategic vision and driving our business forward. Meet the leaders who inspire our success and steer us toward a brighter future.
Mr. Bokuto Yamauchi
Chairman, Non-Executive Director
Mr. Bokuto Yamauchi currently serves as the CEO of SG Global Japan. He began his illustrious career with Sagawa Express in 2003, amassing nearly 20 years of experience in the logistics business across multiple disciplines.
Mr. Hanif Yusoof
Executive Director and Group CEO
A visionary leader, Hanif Yusoof has transformed a Sri Lankan family business into a global powerhouse. An early employee of Expolanka, he pioneered the logistics sector, propelling Expolanka Freight to market leadership in Sri Lanka in 1982. With a vision to globalise Sri Lanka, he rapidly expanded Expolanka into a global market leader. Under his guidance, Expolanka became Sri Lanka's top company by market capitalization, with EFL excelling globally.
As a thought leader, Hanif uplifted the logistics industry, serving on presidential task forces and leading the Freight Forwarders Association of Sri Lanka. In 2022, he received the "Legend of Logistics" award. Hanif's entrepreneurship earned him the "Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Special Achievement Award" in 2013 and the "Global Commerce Excellence" award from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in 2012.
Mr. Sanjay Kulatunga
Non-Executive, Independent Director
Sanjay Kulatunga is a seasoned entrepreneur and Executive Director with diverse experience in Finance and Export manufacturing. He co-founded LYNEAR Wealth Management in 2013, where he serves as CEO. Sanjay has played pivotal roles in Sri Lanka's financial sector, serving on committees and boards such as the Central Bank's Financial Sector Stability Consultative Committee, the Board Of Investment, and the Securities Exchange Commission. He is also a Trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa and Lunuganga Trust and holds the position of Honorary Consul General for Sweden in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Harsha Amarasekera P.C
Non-Executive, Independent Director
Mr. Harsha Amarasekera, President Counsel, is a prominent figure in the legal profession in Sri Lanka, with a broad practice encompassing both the Original Courts and the Appellate Courts. His areas of expertise include Commercial Law, Business Law, Securities Law, Banking Law, and Intellectual Property Law.
In addition to his legal practice, he serves as an Independent Director in several leading listed companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange. This includes roles as Chairman in Sampath Bank PLC, CIC Holdings PLC, Swisstek (Ceylon) PLC, and Swisstek Aluminium Limited, as well as Deputy Chairman of Vallibel Power Erathna PLC. He also holds the position of Independent Non-Executive Director in Vallibel One PLC, Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC, Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, Ambeon Capital PLC, and Amaya Leisure PLC. Furthermore, he is the Chairman of CIC Agri Business (Private) Limited.
Mr. Junji Shimasaki
Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director
Mr. Junji Shimasaki currently serves as the General Manager of the Corporate Planning Department in the Global Business Unit at SG Holdings. He embarked on his illustrious career with Sagawa Air Service Co. Ltd. (now known as Sagawa Express Co. Ltd.) in 1993. With nearly 30 years of experience in the logistics industry, his expertise is primarily centered on international logistics. This includes a decade of serving as the President of Sagawa Express Vietnam Co. Ltd. and SG Sagawa Vietnam Co. Ltd.
Mr. Ha Yo
Executive, Non-Independent Director
Mr. Ha Yo holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Waseda University, Japan, and has accumulated 18 years of experience. Currently, he serves as the CEO of SG Sagawa AMEROID Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, where he has gained specialised experience in the Sales and Marketing industry, both in Japan and Singapore.
Explore our journey through the years, marked by milestones, growth, and innovation. From our humble beginnings to becoming a global leader, our timeline showcases our dedication to excellence and our enduring commitment to shaping a brighter future.
1978 - 1990
1992 - 1999
2001 - 2009
2010 - 2013
2014 - 2017
2018 - 2021
2022 - 2023
The Expolanka journey begins with the incorporation of Expolanka (Pvt) Limited, an exporter of fresh produce.
Ventures into transport sector with Expolanka Freight Ltd. to support the growing apparel industry in Sri Lanka.
Expolanka diversifies into the airline representation business - establishes International Airline Services (Pvt) Ltd.
Expolanka Tea (Pvt) Ltd is incorporated as the company begins to add depth to its investment portfolio.
Expolanka Commodities is established and commences retail and wholesale commodity distribution.
Freight Operations expands overseas to Bangladesh.
Enters Herbal Pharmaceuticals market with Bio Extracts and incorporates Neptune Papers.
The launch of Classic Travel marks Expolanka’s venture into the travel management business.
The Group moves into a dynamic apparel sector with the establishment of Denshun Industries.
EFL commences operations in India.
Virgin Atlantic Passenger, KLM & Czech Airlines grant Cargo GSA’s in Sri Lanka to Expolanka.
Expolanka moves into the education sector forming APIIT Lanka. Established Expolanka Pharmaceuticals and its ﬁrst ever Call Centre Hello Corporation (Pvt) Ltd.
Launch of Expolanka Madagascar
EFL Commences operations in Africa
EFL Commences operations in the middle east
Incorporation of Expolanka Plantations, Expolanka Freight (Pty) Ltd (South Africa) and Expolanka Freight Ltd (Kenya).
Rising to the challenge of operating in emerging markets, Expolanka Freight invests in Madagascar and Mauritius.
Expolanka brings all companies under the Expo Group Banner.
Expolanka re-launches with a fresh new identity.
Ventures into local tea market with the launch of T-SIPS, building on an emerging tea and coffee culture in Sri Lanka.
Launch of Sri Lanka’s first perishable logistics company Peri Logistics and destination management company Luxe Asia.
First restructure to exit from non core businesses - Denshun Industries & Expack
The company embarks on IPO on the Colombo Stock Exchange, and gets listed on the main board.
Acquires a 50% stake in Norfolk (Pvt) Ltd and a 50% stake in Akquasun Holidays, India.
Introduces luxury railway service Expo Rail.
Expolanka Freight rebrands as EFL and opens offices in USA, China and Hong Kong.
Fully owned subsidiaries Expolanka Commodities (Pvt) Ltd, Hello-Corp (Pvt) Ltd, Luxe Asia (Pvt) Ltd APIIT and Lanka Premier Foods (Pvt) Ltd are divested under the restructuring strategy.
SG Holdings acquires a 51% controlling stake in Expolanka Holdings PLC and appoints a new Board of Directors and Chairman.
Expolanka opens the Expo Global Distribution Center, Sri Lanka’s first duty-free zone Freeport warehouse.
Expolanka divests its stake in several companies in the international trade and manufacturing sector.
A state of the art logistics park of 100,000 square feet opened in Orugodawatte, Sri Lanka.
Expolanka Holdings divests investment in Neptune Papers (Pvt) Ltd.
SG Holdings acquires a further 16% stake in EH. EFL makes history by transporting cargo from India to Bangladesh via the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement.
EFL warehousing facility is accredited as Sri Lanka’s first LEED Gold certified warehouse.
Classic enters into partnership with Funtime.
Establishment of ITX 360 and further investments into EGDC (Presently EFL Freeport)
EFL Launches Operations in Malaysia.
EFL Further Expands Operations in South Africa with second branch in Port Elizabeth.
EFL Taiwan starts operations.
Expolanka Inducted into Prestigious S&P Top 20 Index.
Opening of New 3PL Fulfilment centre in Kandana.
Venturing into Europe with the Acquisition of Lynden BV (Presently EFL Belgium) and establishing EFL Denmark.
EFL Belgium and EFL Denmark start operations.
Expolanka listed among top 10 listed companies with highest market capitalisation EFL acquires US based Seville Transport, Indea Logistics & Complete as part of expanding operations in the Americas region
EFL global celebrates 40 years of steadfast resilience.
Expolanka celebrates 45 years in business.
Acquisition of Trans American.
Acquisition of LEI.
EFL Global Expands Europe Operations into the United Kingdom.