aboutHistory & Milestones

'Since my first contact with the business of transportation, I feel the importance and the need to transform this occupation into a profession. The very first thing to be done was to study the needs of our traders, merchants and industries who would depend on our type of services, and to know the changing needs to satisfy those requiring our services. With this in mind, we sat down and finally decided to form a body to chart our course, to develop, as well as to discipline ourselves.'

.....by the late Ho Shio Kwang, Chairman of the Association during the term 1973/74.

The Singapore Logistics Association was founded on 6 September 1973 with the name, Singapore Freight Forwarders Association.

It was renamed Singapore Logistics Association on 30 August 1999.

Awarded the LEAD Plus by SPRING Singapore.

2016

Awarded the LEAD Plus by SPRING Singapore.

Championed and coordinated the successful inauguration of the WSH Innovation Awards 2016 for Logistics and Transport Sector.

2016

Championed and coordinated the successful inauguration of the WSH Innovation Awards 2016 for Logistics and Transport Sector.

Completed the SLA LEAD 2 Programme.

2016

Completed the SLA LEAD 2 Programme.

Launched the Logistics Industry Career Guide Book with the theme "Let the World be Your Limit".

2016

Launched the Logistics Industry Career Guide Book with the theme "Let the World be Your Limit".

Renamed the e-Logistics/ Technology Committee to Innovation & Collaborative Technology Committee

2016

Renamed the e-Logistics/ Technology Committee to Innovation & Collaborative Technology Committee

Organized business missions to Indonesia - Surabaya & Jakarta and China - Beijing, Yinchuan & Xi'an.

2015

Organized business missions to Indonesia - Surabaya & Jakarta and China - Beijing, Yinchuan & Xi'an.

Launched The Logistics Academy's own website TLA.EDU.SG on 23 September 2015 to facilitate a community of network amongst lecturers and participants.

2015

Launched The Logistics Academy's own website TLA.EDU.SG on 23 September 2015 to facilitate a community of network amongst lecturers and participants.

Organized the forth series of Supply Chain Challenge launched on 06 May 2015 which concluded on 27 July 2015.

2015

Organized the forth series of Supply Chain Challenge launched on 06 May 2015 which concluded on 27 July 2015.

Upgraded the Membership Management System 2.0.

2015

Upgraded the Membership Management System 2.0.

Revised the SLA Constitution with effect from 30 October 2015.

2015

Revised the SLA Constitution with effect from 30 October 2015.

Launched the Supply Chain Challenge 2014 on 07 May with a new competition dimension with a logistics boot camp held over the weekend of 19 - 20 July at SIM University (UniSIM)

2014

Launched the Supply Chain Challenge 2014 on 07 May with a new competition dimension with a logistics boot camp held over the weekend of 19 - 20 July at SIM University (UniSIM)

Held the Young Logistics Professional 2014 forum in conjunction with the launch of Supply Chain Challenge 2014.

2014

Held the Young Logistics Professional 2014 forum in conjunction with the launch of Supply Chain Challenge 2014.

Held the seminar on "Reviewing and Enhancing Productivity of our Companies using the SPRING Singapore's IMPACT Framework" on 15 May prior to the SLA Annual General Meeting.

2014

Held the seminar on "Reviewing and Enhancing Productivity of our Companies using the SPRING Singapore's IMPACT Framework" on 15 May prior to the SLA Annual General Meeting.

Celebrated SLA 40th Anniversary culminating to a Gala Dinner on 18 October.

2013

Celebrated SLA 40th Anniversary culminating to a Gala Dinner on 18 October.

Hosted the FIATA Singapore 2013 for the second time with the theme - "Springboard to Asia, Connecting the World" from 15 to 19 October at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

2013

Hosted the FIATA Singapore 2013 for the second time with the theme - "Springboard to Asia, Connecting the World" from 15 to 19 October at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Launched the Inaugural Young Logistics Professionals forum on 14 October as part of SLA's continuous efforts to promote logistics as a career of choice amongst students.

2013

Launched the Inaugural Young Logistics Professionals forum on 14 October as part of SLA's continuous efforts to promote logistics as a career of choice amongst students.

Renewed MOU with SIM University on 14 October to seal another five years of fruitful collaboration.

2013

Renewed MOU with SIM University on 14 October to seal another five years of fruitful collaboration.

Unveiled the publication, "Managing Logistics & Supply Chains Challenges: Singapore Insights and Perspectives," jointly put together by SLA and SIM University with contributions from 38 industry professionals and academics.

2013

Unveiled the publication, "Managing Logistics & Supply Chains Challenges: Singapore Insights and Perspectives," jointly put together by SLA and SIM University with contributions from 38 industry professionals and academics.

Launched the national case competition, Supply Chain Challenge 2012 on 1 June as the next phase of SLA's industry branding efforts following the successful launch of the We Can Movement in 2010.

2012

Launched the national case competition, Supply Chain Challenge 2012 on 1 June as the next phase of SLA's industry branding efforts following the successful launch of the We Can Movement in 2010.

Signed an Agreement with MACS Insurance Brokers on 18 May to roll out a Transportation Liability Insurance Scheme that cover and protect members in their role as transport specialists.

2012

Signed an Agreement with MACS Insurance Brokers on 18 May to roll out a Transportation Liability Insurance Scheme that cover and protect members in their role as transport specialists.

The Council of Private Education granted TLA a 4-year Private Education Institute license till 23 February 2016.

2012

The Council of Private Education granted TLA a 4-year Private Education Institute license till 23 February 2016.

Mr Stanley Lim, SLA Past Chairman and Council Member, was elected as FIATA's new President for a term of two years at the congress from 16 to 21 October in Cairo.

2011

Mr Stanley Lim, SLA Past Chairman and Council Member, was elected as FIATA's new President for a term of two years at the congress from 16 to 21 October in Cairo.

Launched the third SLA LEAD publication, "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide : Process-Driven Warehouse Operations" on 18 April.

2011

Launched the third SLA LEAD publication, "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide : Process-Driven Warehouse Operations" on 18 April.

The SLA LEAD Programme successfully completed on 30 September.

2011

The SLA LEAD Programme successfully completed on 30 September.

Celebrate the men and women who make everything possible with a commemorative event, "A Moving Tribute" on 11 March.

2011

Celebrate the men and women who make everything possible with a commemorative event, "A Moving Tribute" on 11 March.

Commissioned Channel News Asia to produce a four-episode documentary on Singapore logistics capability, "A Moving Story", which was broadcast from 15 February to 10 March.

2011

Commissioned Channel News Asia to produce a four-episode documentary on Singapore logistics capability, "A Moving Story", which was broadcast from 15 February to 10 March.

Launched the industry branding movement "We Can. Singapore logistics makes everything possible" on 6 September by Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade & Industry.

2010

Launched the industry branding movement "We Can. Singapore logistics makes everything possible" on 6 September by Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade & Industry.

Unveiled the Singapore Logistics Career Portal and online Logistics Capability Diagnosis Tool at the 36th Annual General Meeting on 25 May.

2010

Unveiled the Singapore Logistics Career Portal and online Logistics Capability Diagnosis Tool at the 36th Annual General Meeting on 25 May.

Incorporated The Logistics Academy Pte Ltd (TLA) in compliance with the Private Education Act under the aegis of SLA on 25 February.

2010

Incorporated The Logistics Academy Pte Ltd (TLA) in compliance with the Private Education Act under the aegis of SLA on 25 February.

Unveiled the 2nd publication under LEAD and 5th SLA publication "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Safety & Security" on 20 November.

2009

Unveiled the 2nd publication under LEAD and 5th SLA publication "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Safety & Security" on 20 November.

Inaugurated a training programme under the Workforce Skills Qualifications, "Applying Teamwork in the Workplace" on 15-16 June.

2009

Inaugurated a training programme under the Workforce Skills Qualifications, "Applying Teamwork in the Workplace" on 15-16 June.

Signed MOU with NTUC LearningHub on 6 May to prepare, launch and operate public vocational training and continuous education services for the general public and corporate clients.

2009

Signed MOU with NTUC LearningHub on 6 May to prepare, launch and operate public vocational training and continuous education services for the general public and corporate clients, complementing the various SLA higher diploma, diploma and certificate courses.

Launched 1st publication under LEAD, "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Warehouse Practices" on 12 November.

2008

Launched 1st publication under LEAD, "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Warehouse Practices" on 12 November.

Signed MOU with UniSIM on 28 October to collaborate in developing the Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programme.

2008

Signed MOU with UniSIM on 28 October to collaborate in developing the Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programme.

Celebrated 35th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner on 25 October.

2008

Celebrated 35th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner on 25 October.

Announce SLA Scholarship to groom and retain logistics talents on 16 September.

2008

Announce SLA Scholarship to groom and retain logistics talents on 16 September.

SLA Training Centre set up at SPRING Singapore Building #04-02 and launched on 25 August.

2008

SLA Training Centre set up at SPRING Singapore Building #04-02 and launched on 25 August.

Embarked on LEAD programme on 1 October, comprising 11 projects under 4 strategic thrusts.

2007

Embarked on LEAD programme on 1 October, comprising 11 projects under 4 strategic thrusts: Industry Branding & Benchmarking, Education & Training, Resource & Competence Development and Business Facilitation & Development.

Signed MOU with NTUC LearningHub Association on 8 December to co-launch a series of certifiable training courses for operation and supervisory logistics personnel.

2006

Signed MOU with NTUC LearningHub Association on 8 December to co-launch a series of certifiable training courses for operation and supervisory logistics personnel.

Signed MOU with Taiwan International Logistics Association (now known as TILSCA - Taiwan International Logistics & Supply Chain Association) on 27 October

2006

Signed MOU with Taiwan International Logistics Association (now known as TILSCA - Taiwan International Logistics & Supply Chain Association) on 27 October to cooperate and undertake activities with mutual benefits to enhance the interests of both organizations and their members.

Participated in Containerised Traffic System, a joint Local Enterprise & Association Development (LEAD) project together with Container Depot Association (Singapore) and Singapore Transport Association.

2006

Participated in Containerised Traffic System, a joint Local Enterprise & Association Development (LEAD) project together with Container Depot Association (Singapore) and Singapore Transport Association.

Embarked on a strategic review exercise that gave rise to four strategic outcomes.

2006

Embarked on a strategic review exercise that gave rise to four strategic outcomes: re-engineer internal structure & processes, refresh image & branding, upgrade industry capability & business development; and appraise resource development.

Unveiling of "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Seafreight Forwarding" - the second publication of the Association in December 2005.

2005

Unveiling of "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Seafreight Forwarding" - the second publication of the Association in December 2005.

Inauguration of e-logistics TechForum.

2005

Inauguration of e-logistics TechForum.

Launch of Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines for the Logistics Industry with the Ministry of Manpower and Singapore General Hospital.

2005

Launch of Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines for the Logistics Industry with the Ministry of Manpower and Singapore General Hospital.

Presentation of Study on Benchmarking and Ranking of Third Party Logistics, in conjunction with the National University of Singapore.

2005

Presentation of Study on Benchmarking and Ranking of Third Party Logistics, in conjunction with the National University of Singapore.

Launch of the Transportation Specialist Legal Liability Insurance Programme.

2005

Launch of the Transportation Specialist Legal Liability Insurance Programme.

The first publication of the association - "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Airfreight Forwarding" was unveiled in November.

2004

The first publication of the association - "The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Airfreight Forwarding" was unveiled in November.

The 2nd revision of the Standard Trading Conditions was adopted at the 30th Annual General Meeting held on 7 May.

2004

The 2nd revision of the Standard Trading Conditions was adopted at the 30th Annual General Meeting held on 7 May.

The SLA's Automated Manifest System (AMS) - Logistics Facilitation Portal was launched on 19 February.

2004

The SLA's Automated Manifest System (AMS) - Logistics Facilitation Portal was launched on 19 February.

The Diploma in International Freight Management was adopted as the AFFA Diploma on 6 December.

2003

The Diploma in International Freight Management was adopted as the AFFA Diploma on 6 December.

SLA management office awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification on 30 April.

2002

SLA management office awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification on 30 April.

SLA Mediation Process established.

2002

SLA Mediation Process established.

The Diploma / Certificate in Distribution Centre Management launched in February.

2002

The Diploma / Certificate in Distribution Centre Management launched in February.

The Diploma / Certificate in Integrated Logistics Management and International Freight Management were launched in August to prepare a pool of professionals for the logistics industry.

2001

The Diploma / Certificate in Integrated Logistics Management and International Freight Management were launched in August to prepare a pool of professionals for the logistics industry.

The newsletter of the association was renamed SLA Communiqué.

2000

The newsletter of the association was renamed SLA Communiqué.

The SLA logo was unveiled during the Opening Ceremony of the Logistics Asia 2000 by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Communications & Information Technology.

2000

The SLA logo was unveiled during the Opening Ceremony of the Logistics Asia 2000 by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister of State for Trade & Industry and Communications & Information Technology.

Name changed to Singapore Logistics Association (SLA) on 30 August with Constitution revised its to reflect its wider scope of representation.

1999

Name changed to Singapore Logistics Association (SLA) on 30 August with Constitution revised its to reflect its wider scope of representation.

SLA website - www.sla.org.sg - was launched on 1 March.

1999

SLA website - www.sla.org.sg - was launched on 1 March.

The SFFA Standard Trading Conditions were revised at the 24th Annual General Meeting held on 25 April 1998.

1998

The SFFA Standard Trading Conditions were revised at the 24th Annual General Meeting held on 25 April 1998 to reflect changes in the logistics and freight forwarding industry as well as to incorporate the Electronic Data Interchange development.

SFFA embarked on the Integrated Logistics Asia '98, the first Asia-Pacific forum for logistics professionals.

1998

SFFA embarked on the Integrated Logistics Asia '98, the first Asia-Pacific forum for logistics professionals.

Jointly developed with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) on a two and a half year Certificate in Business Studies (Logistics).

1997

Jointly developed with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) on a two and a half year Certificate in Business Studies (Logistics) to encourage young Singaporeans to choose freight forwarding and logistics as a career. The apprenticeship programme entails one year of study at the ITE followed by on-the-job training with the participating member-companies.

SFFA was certified as an Approved Training Centre by the ITE.

1997

SFFA was certified as an Approved Training Centre by the ITE.

EDITRANS, an EDI transportation system that allows freight forwarders and shippers to exchange electronic shipping documents both locally and internationally, was launched on 28 November.

1996

EDITRANS, an EDI transportation system that allows freight forwarders and shippers to exchange electronic shipping documents both locally and internationally, was launched on 28 November.

The SFFA Diploma in Freight Forwarding was endorsed by FIATA following validation of the training manuals.

1996

The SFFA Diploma in Freight Forwarding was endorsed by FIATA following validation of the training manuals. With the approval, all SFFA diploma graduates automatically qualify for the FIATA Diploma of Competence in Freight Forwarding (By Vocational Training and Examination).

The Singapore Accredited Registry of Multimodal Transport Operators was established to serve as a self-regulatory measure aimed at promoting the interests of the freight forwarding industry and other business communities.

1995

The Singapore Accredited Registry of Multimodal Transport Operators was established to serve as a self-regulatory measure aimed at promoting the interests of the freight forwarding industry and other business communities.

A Standing Committee on Warehousing and Distribution was formed in view of the expanded scope of services provided by member-companies.

1994

A Standing Committee on Warehousing and Distribution was formed in view of the expanded scope of services provided by member-companies.

The SFFA Member of the Year Award was launched to encourage active participation from all members in the affairs of the Association.

1994

The SFFA Member of the Year Award was launched to encourage active participation from all members in the affairs of the Association.

Embarked on its first overseas business mission to Vietnam from 4 to 12 June with a delegation of 18 participants.

1994

Embarked on its first overseas business mission to Vietnam from 4 to 12 June with a delegation of 18 participants.

The FIATA Diploma of Competence in Freight Forwarding (by Experience) was awarded to accomplished forwarders from member-companies.

1993

The FIATA Diploma of Competence in Freight Forwarding (by Experience) was awarded to accomplished forwarders from member-companies.

Graduates of the SFFA Diploma in Freight Forwarding gained admission as Associate Members of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

1993

Graduates of the SFFA Diploma in Freight Forwarding gained admission as Associate Members of the Chartered Institute of Transport.

FIATA granted SFFA license to print and distribute the FIATA Multimodal Transport Bills of Lading to members.

1993

FIATA granted SFFA license to print and distribute the FIATA Multimodal Transport Bills of Lading to members.

The SFFA newsletter was launched to keep members posted on developments.

1993

The SFFA newsletter was launched to keep members posted on developments.

The management office moved to its own premise at 51 Thomson Rd, 153B Goldhill Centre.

1992

The management office moved to its own premise at 51 Thomson Rd, 153B Goldhill Centre.

Focal point for education and training of the newly established ASEAN Federation of Forwarders Associations (AFFA).

1992

Focal point for education and training of the newly established ASEAN Federation of Forwarders Associations (AFFA).

The SFFA Diploma in Freight Forwarding was developed with the assistance from UN ESCAP and UNCTAD Trainmar Resource Centre. The first diploma was awarded to Mr Yeo Siak Choon.

1991

The SFFA Diploma in Freight Forwarding was developed with the assistance from UN ESCAP and UNCTAD Trainmar Resource Centre. The first diploma was awarded to Mr Yeo Siak Choon.

Hosted and organised the 22nd FIATA World Congress. More than 800 delegates worldwide attended the congress themed "The Freight Forwarder - Your Partner in Logistics". Mr Tan Kay Hock, SFFA Chairman 1986-1990, was sworn in as FIATA President during the Congress.

1991

Hosted and organised the 22nd FIATA World Congress. More than 800 delegates worldwide attended the congress themed "The Freight Forwarder - Your Partner in Logistics". Mr Tan Kay Hock, SFFA Chairman 1986-1990, was sworn in as FIATA President during the Congress.

Admission of Associate Members for the first time following amendments to SFFA constitution at the 17th Annual General Meeting on 26 March.

1991

Admission of Associate Members for the first time following amendments to SFFA constitution at the 17th Annual General Meeting on 26 March.

A management office was set up at #13-314, The Plaza, headed by Ms Ng Soo Hwa.

1989

A management office was set up at #13-314, The Plaza, headed by Ms Ng Soo Hwa.

Vocational training was instituted under the leadership of Mr Ole H. Dyrhauge.

1986

Vocational training was instituted under the leadership of Mr Ole H. Dyrhauge.

A set of Standard Trading Conditions was drawn up to spell out the commercial relationship between freight forwarders and shippers.

1986

A set of Standard Trading Conditions was drawn up to spell out the commercial relationship between freight forwarders and shippers.

The SFFA constitution was revised with the primary objective to promote Singapore's reputation for reliability, integrity and high standards in freight forwarding practice and management.

1986

The SFFA constitution was revised with the primary objective to promote Singapore's reputation for reliability, integrity and high standards in freight forwarding practice and management.

Admitted as a member of Zurich-based International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).

1983

Admitted as a member of Zurich-based International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA).

The SFFA office was relocated to 16-B, Murray Street.

1981

The SFFA office was relocated to 16-B, Murray Street.

Joined Singapore Road Pro-tem Joint Committee to address issues involving inspection of commercial vehicles.

1980

Joined Singapore Road Pro-tem Joint Committee together with Singapore Lorry Owners Association, Singapore School Bus Owners Association, Singapore School Transport Association, Singapore Taxi Transport Association and Singapore Cranes Association to address issues involving inspection of commercial vehicles.

Participated in PSA Quarterly Meetings to promote better understanding and cooperation between the haulage industry and the port.

1977

Participated in PSA Quarterly Meetings to promote better understanding and cooperation between the haulage industry and the port.

Mr Ho Shio Kwang of Sing Kwang Kee (S) Pte Ltd was elected the first Chairman

1973

Mr Ho Shio Kwang of Sing Kwang Kee (S) Pte Ltd was elected the first Chairman

Located at 39-C, North Canal Road.

1973

Located at 39-C, North Canal Road.

Established on 06 September as Singapore Freight Forwarders Association with a membership-strength of 70 companies.

1973

Established on 06 September as Singapore Freight Forwarders Association with a membership-strength of 70 companies.