TOKYO -- Sri Lanka's strategic location has allowed it to grow into a key international distribution base. Its free trade agreement with populous neighbor India has made the once war-torn island nation attractive to logistics companies and manufacturers.
Expolanka Holdings has an international distribution center next to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Textiles from Vietnam and Bangladesh are brought to the center, sorted out by destination and then loaded on to cargo planes and ships. The Middle East, Europe and the U.S. are the main destinations for the cargo.