How a 21-year-old entrepreneur built Surf2Ship, world’s first price comparison and cross-border shipping website


Sri Lankan geek Ravidu Mario Weerakoon has made a coordinated stage that gives you a chance to think about the costs of the neighborhood and universal items and get them transported to your doorstep requiring little to no effort.

Web-based shopping is currently a lifestyle. In any case, there are times when we can feel limited. Consider the possibility that a specific e-posterior does not ship to our area. For sure if our preferred result is inaccessible on the e-reader’s Indian store yet can be purchased from its worldwide store? Imagine a scenario in which a thing can be discovered just on a worldwide shopping site.

As a customer, that would be caused to think… since global transportation makes the buy all that increasingly costly. This is the place stages like Surf2Ship come in.


Surf2Ship is a value examination site and a cross-fringe coordinations supplier folded into one. Basically, it weds two item thoughts, and cases to be the world’s first stage to do as such. On Surf2Ship, customers can not just think about costs of items from more than 50 global online business destinations, yet additionally add items to the truck, finish buys, and get the items dispatched to their doorstep from inside a solitary coordinated stage.

And this, Surf2Ship claims, accompanies “minimal effort shipping”.

Surf2Ship originator Ravidu Mario Weerakoon

Ravidu Mario Weerakoon, Founder of Surf2Ship

A 21-year-old and his one major thought

The Sri Lankan startup was established by business visionary Ravidu Mario Weerakoon (21), who additionally fills in as the Product Innovation Manager of Connect Lanka E-trade Services.

Associate Lanka is an auxiliary of the Dart Global Group, a main cross-outskirt delivery and coordination arrangements supplier throughout the previous 40 years. It is Dart Global’s huge coordinations arrange that Surf2Ship intends to use to satisfy its conveyances over the world. The Colombo-headquartered startup has even raised (undisclosed) seed capital from Dart Global.

However, how did Surf2Ship happen in the life of a 21-year-old nerd?

“Everything began when I was acquainted with member promoting at 18 years old. I understood that there were different fruitful ideas by and by and value correlation was one. In any case, in Sri Lanka, there was nobody site that offered value examination for a scope of items crosswise over nearby and global merchants. Global delivery is additionally a major issue because of the failure of certain internet business sites to give cross-fringe shipping. Henceforth, the idea of Surf2Ship was conceived.”

The organizer attests that Surf2Ship is a “first-of-its-kind” idea internationally. No other stage “starting at now” incorporates value examination and cross-fringe transporting despite the fact that they may offer the two administrations independently.


Mario says,

“Value correlation (for example, Google’s shopping examination site) and cross-outskirt shipping (like Aramex Shop and Ship) are both demonstrated plans of action. Nonetheless, the marriage of both these ideas to profit the two clients and the sellers isn’t something that exists somewhere else.”

Surf2Ship has even built up a calculation with the goal that delivery costs can be balanced by cash changes in each worldwide market, making the shopping procedure more straightforward for clients.

The startup’s voyage up until this point

Surf2Ship, which started tasks in July 2018, has cooperated with 60 universal sellers, including Amazon, Best Buy, eBay, Macy’s, and a large group of nearby Sri Lankan shopping destinations, and presents a determination of more than 6,000 items crosswise over 20+ classifications. The site has recorded more than 30,000 guests since July. “Inside the following two years, we are meaning to reach up to 100,000 guests for every month,” Mario uncovers.

Surf2Ship’s essential objective is to empower free and reasonable examination of both global and nearby items and offer clients the best arrangement. It is likewise asking Sri Lankan business people to begin moving all around and is chipping away at a lot of devices to make the procedure smooth.

Despite the fact that Sri Lanka has a developing web populace, “the online business coordinations showcase isn’t develop contrasted with US, India, and China”, Mario says.

He includes, “We see next to no challenge. While there are organizations (like Simplex Delivery) that have worked superbly in enhancing online business coordination, much more should be finished.”

The plan of action

Surf2Ship’s wins an associate charge (commonly settled upon with the internet business seller) on a for everything premise. Likewise, it produces incomes through cross-fringe shipping satisfied by its accomplice Dart Global Logistics.

Mario says, “We needed to search for a reasonable [shipping] accomplice who wouldn’t have clashing feelings on the value correlation idea. Furthermore, we effectively got Dart Global Logistics on board and started activities.”


The group and market development

At present, the startup comprises of four individuals, however, Mario is quick to enlist increasingly “energetic adolescents who can thoroughly consider of the case”. Its tasks are by and by limited to Sri Lanka – a market with 6.7 million web clients – yet it intends to extend to India – the hotbed of internet business – instantly.

Mario clarifies,

“We are sure that Surf2Ship has immense potential in the web-based business part. We do have plans of growing abroad for which we would require progressively capital. When we are prepared, we expect to extend activities through key organizations. What’s more, we are wanting to get into India soon.”

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