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Exporter Waits For Port Upgrade

The development of the Port of Malau is going to boost export, says the owner of a leading seafood exporter in Vanua Levu. Great North Seafood Limited managing director, Xiao
21 Oct 2015 10:30
Exporter Waits For Port Upgrade
Great North Seafood Limited Managing Director Xiao Zhang Du (AKA Richard Du).PHOTO:SILIVA CAWARU.

The development of the Port of Malau is going to boost export, says the owner of a leading seafood exporter in Vanua Levu.

Great North Seafood Limited managing director, Xiao Zhang Du said this would help reduce transportation costs.

“It’s one of the major challenges we exporters face,” Mr Du said.

“Transferring a container from Labasa via Suva would cost around $3000 whereas from Suva to China for example would level-up to $4500.”

He said for them doing their shipping through Port of Malau, which is closer to Labasa, is much cheaper compared to going to Nabouwalu Jetty in Bua.

Mr Du said they are the only seafood factory in the North to qualify for the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) standard.

The company exports their products to China, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, India and Dubai.

He said their shipments depend on the availability of goods and the overall amount of orders from overseas markets.

“This year we’ve managed to carry out 38 shipments and there are still more to go. Initially, we hired an empty container from Suva and loaded all our goods in the container. The container is then transported by truck and we use Bligh Water Shipping Services to ship it from Nabouwalu to Suva.”

Mr Du said business is going well despite transportation challenges.

“Our export sales from March to December, 2014 was over $9 million, whereas if you compare that with this year, from January to September, we have gone past that.

“Beche- de-mer is the biggest income earner as China is our major client while India is our main market for sandalwood and we export fish to other countries.Looking ahead, Mr Du said, with improved shipping facilities they are confident of increasing their exports.The intend to venture into fish, prawn and beche-de-mer farming.

“This is to prepare us to meet the increasing demand. We are still in discussion with companies in China,” he added.

 

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