SUNBIZ

Jetties, an important link for exporters

The destruction of the two major jetties in the Northern Division by severe Tropical Cyclone Winston hindered export business in Labasa  for a few days. Northern exporter, Great North Seafood
09 Mar 2016 09:10
Jetties, an important link for exporters
Great North Seafood Limited’s managing director Xiao Zhang Du.

The destruction of the two major jetties in the Northern Division by severe Tropical Cyclone Winston hindered export business in Labasa  for a few days.

Northern exporter, Great North Seafood Limited’s  managing director, Xiao Zhang Du said infrastructures like jetties were an important link for all business operators.

“It’s one of the major challenges we exporters faced when we were not operating for a few days.

“Transferring a container from Labasa to Suva would cost around $3000 whereas from Suva to China for example, it would level up to $4500,” Mr Du said.

He said the Port of Malau being used for shipping of their containers, was much cheaper for businesses in Labasa, compared to going to Nabouwalu Jetty in Bua.

Mr Du owns 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 was then transported by truck and we use Bligh Water Shipping Limited to ship it from Nabouwalu to Suva.”

Mr Du said business is going well despite the transportation challenges.

“Our export sales from March to December, 2014, were 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,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Du said, with improved shipping facilities they are confident of increasing their exports.

They intend to venture into fish, prawn and beche-de-mer farming.

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: