I refuse to take shortcuts.

Part 1 (Live-cut Harvest Area)

Cavendish Banana Export is one of the top export earners in the Philippines.  But it is not as easy as it sound.  There is no short-cut if you want to succeed in it whether you are a grower-farmer, an exporter-trader or an importer.  I am facilitating this business since 2007, many do not survive as it is not for the painted-heart.  I’ve seen a lot of hopeful business people of all sorts.  Most of us who remain standing learn the hard way.  The process could not be learn from books and from articles written in the internet.  There is no other way but to dive and immerse to the real thing.  You can either lean as a group/company or as individual entrepreneur willing to face the challenges and pitfalls.

I was in the corporate sector with well-rounded experience in admin and corporate services, and an awardee for work excellence … my experience is not enough.  I have earlier background in Advertising and creative arts to support my sales … not enough.  My long years in e-commerce and B2B is not a guarantee that I can easily land a deal nor a safeguard from scams and cheaters.  One could not believe that so many are very good in cheating and scamming, and the ones who are sincere are taken for granted or doubted.  Let me tour you to the basic process in image presentation:

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The center of the center in Cavendish Banana plantation in the Philippines is Davao region.  It expands to other provinces across Mindanao.  Too huge, as far as the eye can seDelicious Sweet Banana from Davao Philipinese and one week is not enough to tour the plantation.  Where in fact, I can say that the plantation total dimension is bigger than a small country like Singapore.

It took me years to find what I am looking for:  Cooperative Well Administer Plantation that can supply according to our standard and tolerance.

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Plantation Area should have quarantined entrance-exit points with guard.  Not all plantation are reliable as not all growers have ample capitalization for a well maintained, well sprayed and well fertilize banana plantation.  Till to this day I am still learning even though I already facilitated export to a number of countries since 2007:  China, Vladivostok Russia, Kuwait, Bulgaria, Iran, Egypt, Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Dubai, etc.

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Good Plant stand with 5 leaves up.

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Professionally Coded both by colored ribbon and markings

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Export quality inspected inside-out, with regular report

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Live-cut harvest (harvest will not start unless our representative supervisor approve what tree to harvest).

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Very careful handling from harvested tree to Aerial Tractor (transport of banana bunches from harvest area to packing-processing plant.

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Please continue to part 2 (Packing Operation)

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We Seek New Long Term Buyers

We are capable to deliver Fresh Quality Cavendish Banana.

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Pineapples

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Interested buyer/importer can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

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We export all-in pack

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We also offer Banana Chips, Coconurt  Sugar, Banana Chips, Pineapples, etc.

Size does matter in Cavendish Bananas

 

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Davao Philippines’Cavendish Bananas is known deliciously sweet.

  • Philippine is now the 2nd Largest Exporter of Bananas in the world.
  • The majority of these shipments are destined for the growing regional markets of China, the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Russia to satisfy their demand for fresh produce
  • Exports of Philippine bananas for the last quarter of this year are expected to rise following China’s lifting of restrictions on Philippine exports early this month.
  • Below are the 15 countries that accounted for the highest dollar value worth of bananas exported from the Philippines during 2015:
  1. Japan: US$176.9 million (40.2% of total bananas imports)
  2. China: $109.2 million (24.8%)
  3. South Korea: $51.6 million (11.7%)
  4. Iran: $33.8 million (7.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $19.2 million (4.4%)
  6. Saudi Arabia: $12.9 million (2.9%)
  7. Kuwait: $8.7 million (2%)
  8. New Zealand: $6.5 million (1.5%)
  9. Hong Kong: $5.2 million (1.2%)
  10. Singapore: $5.1 million (1.2%)
  11. Malaysia: $2.3 million (0.5%)
  12. Taiwan: $2.1 million (0.5%)
  13. North Korea: $1.7 million (0.4%)
  14. Bahrain: $1.1 million (0.2%)
  15. Qatar: $912,000 (0.2%)
  • Among the above countries, the fastest-growing consumers of Philippine bananas exports since 2011 were: Bahrain (up 822.2% in value), Saudi Arabia (up 638.1%), Malaysia (up 312.3%) and Kuwait (up 195.4%).Production system ranges from backyard to highly integrated operation with the latter catering to the export market.
  • Weak demand in the EU.
  • Total import of fruit by the Philippines from 2008 till 2013. The highest volume of imports occurred in 2012 reaching 240,477MT while the lowest was in 2008 to 187,265MT. The average annual growth rate was 3.68% during this time period.
  • Philippine farms produced a total of 8.65m tonnes of bananas valued at P117.15bn ($2.6bn) in 2013, down from a peak of 9.23m tonnes worth P108.13bn ($2.4bn) the previous year, according to PSA data. Concerted efforts over the past two decades to expand banana production have led to the commodity becoming the country’s most valuable crop as well as its most profitable agricultural export.
  • The past years, the yield dramatically been reduced due to destruction brought about by the strong typhoons that hit the country particularly the major producing areas in Mindanao. Another calamity was the most recent “El Nino.”  Nevertheless, these are not typical and Mindanao is not a typhoon belt.
  • Overall, the average annual growth rate was 0.26% and 16%, respectively for production and area for the six-year time period.
  • The farms are generally small in size (1-5 ha) with minimal care resulting to low yield.
  • Big farms are typically managed by Cooperatives, Organizations and Investment Companies

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This business walk an extra mile for its clients.  It literally exist to assist.

Interested importers can email us directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com for further details.

 

CRITICAL AREAS in LOSS PREVENTION (Cavendish Banana Import-Export)

I am into facilitating Cavendish Banana Import-Export from since 2007.     Since then, I experienced a lot.  Every customer and shipments made are a learning process.   Yes this business is very lucrative but unless you are familiar with the system and risks involve, you will surely end up in a mess of loss of time and money.

To resolve the issues, I formulated my own report based on years of experience, rigid research and consultation.  Below is the result and I titled it as, “Cavendish Banana Import-Export CRITICAL AREAS in LOSS PREVENTION.”   You may want to view it for your reference if you are into this business.  Otherwise, you may just end up in losses and waste of time (especially if you are not that experienced).  My report also includes actual damage report experienced by my client from his former supplier.

To have a bird’s eye view of my report, below is the actual Table of Contents…

  • Low Price Trap in Cavendish Banana Import-Export
  • Basic Checklist
  • Quality / Duration of Storage
  • Packaging
  • Transport
  • RF Temperature
  • Humidity / Moisture
  • Ventilation
  • Biotic Activity
  • Gases
  • Self Heating / Spontaneous Combustion
  • Odor
  • Contamination
  • Mechanical Influences
  • Toxicity / Hazards to Health
  • Shrinkage / Shortage
  • Insect Infestation / Diseases
Although this field is basically sales in nature, finding the lowest price is not enough.  The importer must find first the genuine farm owner-exporter or grower with set standards on harvest, packing operations, loading, shipping and customer relations.  There are lots one can find in the internet but in reality, the genuine are hard to find as most in the internet are mere trading firms or middle men companies.  To find the genuine, first, an importer must cooperate with someone who knows where the genuine farm owner/grower are, and willing to lead you directly to them.  Second, the importer needs his contact to monitor the operations until bananas are shipped and reached the port of destination in good shape and expected freshness.  That is  Risk Management or Loss Prevention.  An importer cannot just rely the matters in the hands of the supplier, especially if the destination is as far as Middle East, Europe and Russia.  It has to be delegated to trusted experienced someone, or face the consequences caused by lack of understanding and monitoring team.
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Right Container provider, right set temperature and ventilation is also very important.   At the same time, below suggestion is very crucial:
1. Pre-survey of the plantation is a must

2. Hire Quality Inspector/s to check harvests (live-Cut!)

3. To hire Quality Inspector to supervise packing line at the weighing and selection point

4. Clear and specific purchase and cutting order to the growers/farmers

5. Someone to random check on delivery before loading into the container

6. Securing of the cut-off time to secure maximum 12 hours between cut and cooling.  At the same time, counter check set temperature and ventilation.

7. Inspection of the fruit thru the Bureau of Plant Industry (Department of Agriculture and SGS).

8. Others as the need arises.

More details are clarified with recommendations on issues at my report.

**this blog article is also found at agriwindow.wordpress.com

Feasibility Study or Business Plan are also available upon request.

If you you are interested, you may e-mail me at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Louis Vuitton inside out

 
Louis Vuitton (Louis Vuitton Malletier) or shortened to LV, is the world’s 29th most valuable brand known for its iconic LV monogram and logo, Louis Vuitton.  It is one of the most recognizable brands in the world —  an international French fashion house specializing in trunks, leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, sunglasses, and books.  The brand is literally identified with the lifestyles of the rich and famous.  Also known to command it’s pricing as one of the most expensive in the global fashion market. 

Other fashionable products use supermodels and celebrities.  The Louis Vuitton Company is endorsed by carefully chosen non-traditional celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and most recently Madonna.  On August 2, 2007, the company announced that it will also use former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev along with Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, and Catherine Deneuve.   The company commonly uses print ads in magazines and billboards in cosmopolitan cities.  Louis Vuitton competes directly with such luxury brands as Versace, Hermès, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Dior, Chanel, Ferndi, Armani, and Prada. 

photo is excerpt from google images, credit to http://www.insidelux.com/tag/louis-vuitton/

Historically, Louis Vuitton started it all on 1854.  On 19th century, it became a knowned trunks and luggage retailer.  And on the 20th century, the company entered the fashion world by integrating its signature Monogram Canvas into purses and bags.  The founder Louis Vuitton was born on 1821 in Jura, France but later moved to Paris to where he initially establishes the business.  He died on February 27, 1892.  It was his son who expanded to international scenario and his son’s son expanded more till it reached its full potential to this day. 

Since the 19th century, Louis Vuitton syle of manufacturing did not change and its Luggage is still made by hand.  The company established its own stores on selected countries across the world to where the marketing is being done.  The company distributes its products exclusively through LouisVuitton.com.  

Counterfeiting of Louis Vuitton’s products is a grave offense.   The company actively pursues offenders through the courts worldwide, and allocating about half of its budget of communications to counteract piracy of its goods.  On November 19, 2007 Britney Spears was successfully sued in violation of counterfeiting laws, in relation to her music video for the song “Do Somethin’.”  Britney Spears herself was not found guilty, but a civil court in Paris has ordered Sony BMG and MTV Online to stop showing the video. They were also fined €80,000 to each group. 

Louis Vuitton has its share of controversies.  Let me quote from Wikipedia’s… 

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…The French book Louis Vuitton, une saga française (Louis Vuitton: A French Saga)) tells how members of the Vuitton family actively aided the puppet government led by Marshal Philippe Pétain, increasing their wealth from their business affairs with the Nazis. The family set up a factory dedicated to producing artifacts glorifying Pétain, including more than 2,500 busts. Pétain’s Vichy regime was responsible for the deportation of French Jews to German concentration camps.

Caroline Babulle, a spokeswoman for the publisher (Fayard) said, “They [Louis Vuitton Co.] have not contested anything in the book, but they are trying to bury it by pretending it doesn’t exist.” Responding to the book’s release in 2004, a spokesman for LVMH stated that “this is ancient history…The book covers a period when it was family-run and long before it became part of LVMH. We are diverse, tolerant and all the things a modern company should be.” Another LVMH spokesman told the satirical magazine, Le Canard enchaîné, that “We don’t deny the facts, but regrettably the author has exaggerated the Vichy episode.” In an article published by L’express, France first weekly news magazine, Jacques Attali, then advisor to President François Mitterrand, described the book as a “remarkable enquiry” and a “must read”…

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