Afreight (Asia Pacific) Limited was organized in October 1985 to engaged in door to door cargo forwarding of personal effects for the 26,000 Filipinos then working in Hong Kong.
These personal effects would be packed in standard-sized carton boxes (called "balikbayan boxes") that the Company would collect from homes in Hong Kong, consolidate, and ship to Manila, where they would be re-forwarded by Afreight's delivery agent to all parts of the Philippines. The Company chose to open its first office at the Worldwide Plaza in Central.
As the Filipino population in Hong Kong grew, so did the Company. Afreight opened its first branch office in Wanchai in 1993. Other branches soon followed, and today, Afreight operates a network of 13 branches all over the territory, supported by its 12,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Ap Lei Chau. (Please refer to Annex "A" for the complete list of Afreight offices in Hong Kong.)
Afreight also expanded overseas. In 1993 Afreight set up its Singapore office, which in turn established its Malaysian subsidiary in Kuala Lumpur in 1996. Afreight Macau opened in 1997 and then AFreight Italy (Milan) in 1999.
The rapid growth in HK's Indonesian worker population led Afreight to establish its Indonesian Cargo Division in September 2004. With separate offices in Hung Hom and Causeway Bay, complemented by a wide branch network and its existing vehicle fleet, Afreight's Indonesian division easily rose to become a market leader in Indonesian cargo. Naturally, Indonesian Cargo operations were soon replicated at Afreight offices in Macau, Singapore and Malaysia.
Presently, Afreight offers its services to the approximately 123,000 Filipinos and a like number of Indonesians in Hong Kong using its fleet of 6 lorries, 2 vans and the widest branch network among Filipino and Indonesian cargo companies operating in the territory.
It offers Filipino customers up to six (6) box sizes ranging from 24"x24"x36" to as small as 14"x12"x12". Afreight also offers packing, home removal and shipping services to HK-based residents relocating to or setting up new homes in the Philippines.
In 2009, Afreight shipped a total of 251 40-foot hi-cube containers to the Philippines, or an average of almost 5 such containers weekly. Added to these are the 29 20-foot containers of Indonesian cargo shipped to Jakarta and Surabaya for a total of 280 container shipments for the year.