About Us

In 1982, a company by the name of STARLING FORWARDERS (PVT) LIMITED was incorporated by our present Managing Director Mr Priyanath Peiris in order to cater to the growing market of the Clearing and Forwarding industry.

By the end of the 1980’s, we had a market share of over 30 per cent of the clearing and forwarding business in Sri Lanka, handling most of the project cargo coming into Sri Lanka and trans-shipped via the Port of Colombo to the Indian Sub-continent.

With the diversification of the Company into the NVOCC Operations, and with a view of having more emphasis on shipping activities, in 1993 the Board of Directors of Starling Forwarders (Pvt) Ltd., decided to change its name to MODERN SHIPPING (PVT) LIMITED.

MODERN SHIPPING (PVT) LIMITED has been one of the leading customs house clearing and forwarding agents who is also involved in NVOCC activities, and have grown to a stage where it is geared to handle any aspect in the shipping industry. One of the main projects that we handled was the Kelanitissa Combined Cycle Power Plant Project, where we represented M/s Alstom, France as their Agents in Sri Lanka.

The other Companies in the Group consists of :

  • Modern Trading (Pvt) Limited – A sought after construction solutions provider specializing in products pertaining to Water Proofing Solutions, Anti-Corrosive / Marine Coatings, Decorative Paints, Wood Coatings and a number of other products beneficial to the construction industry.
  • Modern Voyages (Pvt) Limited – One of the leading tour operators in Sri Lanka handling both the inbound and outbound tourism sectors with over 15 years of experience in service industry.
  • Modern Recruitment (Pvt) Limited – An upcoming specialized recruitment company, focusing on professional global job placements.

Our Skills

Water-Proofing Solutions 100
Decorative Paints 90
Anti-Corrosive Coatings & Marine Paints (Epoxy’s) 95
Wood Coatings 85
Technical Know How 95
Timely Service 98

Our Valued Agents

Dong Hai logoSince its foundation in 1976, Donghae Chemical has challenged itself towards the development of new technology in epoxy paints and resin processing and has succeeded in accumulating an abundance of valuable information and experience in this field.

Our constant efforts to develop environment-friendly paints necessary for the 21st century have resulted in a new paint (P-28) that causes no harm to the human body, produces no pollution and has earned an N.T. (New Technology) mark from the Industrial Advancement Administration. Developed for water tanks, bridges and ship ballast tanks, the EL-520 series of solvent-free paints has been granted K.R. certification from the Korean Register of Shipping.
Other products include a non-ferrous paint (R-38) that has powerful adhesive attributes and requires no pre-treatment. Based on the technological features of the aforementioned products, Free Mastic G-316 also promises outstanding adhesion despite moisture, rust and oil.



One of the largest paint manufacturers in the Southeast Asian region with modern manufacturing facilities. The only company that offers products for all color applications. Related products include a full range of color systems such as, High Performance Architectural Coatings, High Performance Protective Coatings, Marine System Coatings, Wood Coatings, Construction Chemicals, etc.



Teais is focused on the manufacture and marketing of special products and systems for the construction industry. In the 1980’s the company started its activities with the manufacture of special products for waterproofing. Since then the idea has been to manufacture products that prove to be the ideal solution for the various problems that arise in construction.
The company is now one of the most sought after companies in Spain for construction solutions.



Xylazel, SA is a company dedicated to the manufacture and marketing of paints and varnishes, specializing in wood preservatives and metal, for both the household and industrial segments.
XYLAZEL is a certified UNE-EN ISO 9001: 2008 and UNE EN ISO 14001: 04 company. Its scope being the manufacture, distribution and sale of chemical products for wood protection, paints, varnishes and related products.


KccKCC which started out in 1958, has been playing a leading role in technological innovation in building materials such as glass, windows/doors, exterior/ interior materials and flooring. They have also moved into the silicone business, an area ripe for the creation of high value products in the fields of specialized paints and next-generation precision chemical engineering.


Meet Our Team

Priyanath Peiris
Priyanath PeirisManaging Director
Sushan Peiris
Sushan PeirisDirector
Sandra Peiris
Sandra PeirisDirector
Harsha Ranasinghe
Harsha RanasingheManager
Gihini Peiris
Gihini PeirisAccountant