Militzer & Münch launches Country Unit in Sri Lanka | Sunday Observer

Militzer & Münch launches Country Unit in Sri Lanka

Chief guest State Minister of Finance, Eran Wickramaratne with company officials. Pic: Chaminda Niroshana
Chief guest State Minister of Finance, Eran Wickramaratne with company officials. Pic: Chaminda Niroshana

Sri Lanka is on the edge of the Indian sub continent. You will find many hisotorical inscriptions on Sri Lankan trade and will also find that there were Sri Lankan ambassadors in European countries in ancient times too. Roman coins have been found in different parts of the country showing that Sri Lanka was open for business for a very long time. This business is logistics. “They approached us on trans-shipment and also in other services. For the sub continent, we have the most efficient port. Sri Lanka wants to be the logistics hub of the Asia sub continent, State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne said.

I visited Germany’s largest Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai a few years ago. In just a few years since M&M has opened an office here in Colombo. This will strengthen the connection between Sri Lana and Germany as Sri Lanka is open for business, he said.

“We have three transshipment terminals. We are bound to commission both terminals in the near future. We plan to increase the number to five terminals. Therefore, it will make Sri Lanka South Asia’s logistics hub and an efficient harbour. We have a another harbour in the south. It also could be developed in to an efficient harbour. This is not a dream and we are well on the way to make it happen, the State Minister said.

The Militzer & Münch Group celebrated the opening of its country unit in Sri Lanka recently. Located near the Port of Colombo, Militzer & Münch will be consolidating shipments and handling sea freight transports to the regions of the Indian Ocean and Asia.

From Sri Lanka, Militzer & Münch also expect to serve the CIS markets.

Militzer & Münch was represented by a delegation office in Sri Lanka since 2015. In view of the growing importance of Sri Lanka as a logistics location over the past few years, Militzer & Münch opened its own country unit. Militzer & Münch plans to further expanding its network in South Asia through this unit.

“At our location near the port, we will be handling a big part of our sea freight consolidation for ocean transports via the Indian Ocean and to Asia,” Managing Director, M&M Militzer and Münch (Pvt) Ltd., Dilum Stembo said.

“Our five-person team offers standard transports as well as comprehensive complete solutions for complex projects,” he said.

“With transports to the CIS countries, Militzer & Münch in Sri Lanka additionally serves a niche markets. Plans are afoot to expand the Militzer & Münch Sri Lanka service portfolio by adding door-to-door shipments to Europe and the USA,” he said.

CEO, M&M Militzer & Münch International Holding AG, Dr. Lothar Thoma said, “We are going to tap into the potential of this emerging market “The central location of Sri Lanka provides us the possibility to offer our customers comprehensive services in the South Asian area.” The Militzer & Münch Group employs a staff of about 2,000 at 100 locations in around 30 countries. Strategic partnerships in numerous other countries complete the dense network. The Group offers worldwide air and sea freight services as well as road and rail transports and project logistics along the East-West axis in Eurasia and North Africa.

It operates with a dense network of branch offices in Eastern Europe, the CIS, the Middle East and the Far East as well as in the Maghreb countries. The head office of the company that goes back to 1880, is in Sankt Gallen, Switzerland. 

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