French logistics firm Bollore to execute first direct shipment of Kenyan coffee to South Korea

KENYA – Bolloré Transport & Logistics, a major international transport and logistics operator, has been commissioned to handle a logistic operation organizing the first direct shipment of coffee by Kenyan farmers to South Korea without the use of a coffee brokerage.

This was made possible thanks to sector reforms by the government of Kenya that now allow farmers to market their produce directly with a view to fetch a better price for their produce.

The shipment that was flagged off in March docked weeks after into the country. It was successfully done with Bolloré Transport & Logistics, the company being contracted to oversee the processing, bulking, stuffing and shipping of the containerized cargo.

Through this operation, Bolloré Transport & Logistics was able to support 9,582 small-scale farmers from the South Rift Region of Kenya.

“One of the commitments at Bolloré Transport & Logistics is to foster local development through the services we offer,” said Auni Bhaiji, East Africa Regional Director for Operations, Corporate Development, and External Affairs at Bolloré Transport & Logistics.

“We appreciate the vision and efforts to improve the value of coffee to local farmers, and we intend to play our part as a logistics provider to support our clients and help them grow their business.”

Bolloré Transport & Logistics has a high level of expertise to handle sensitive commodities that represent a high value.

It has by far, the largest public warehouse licensed by the Coffee Board of Kenya with 15,000 SqM dedicated space in Nairobi and Mombasa and services centered on storage, in house processing, logistical planning, land and sea transport.

Coffee farming in Kenya is largely done by small scale farmers in different parts of the country. Bolloré Transport & Logistics, as a global logistics provider, is keen on leveraging on its network to ensure that the farmers can access the untapped markets and export their produce.

Established in Kenya since 1968, Bolloré Transport & Logistics operates 161,000SqM of warehousing space at logistics centres in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu.

With a 360-degree scope of services in Supply Chain & Warehousing, Multimodal Transport Solutions, Local & Regional Distribution, and Industrial Project Logistics, the Company has developed specialized expertise and facilities for a wide range of industry including Manufacturing & Retail FMCG, Commodities, Aid & Relief, Oil & Gas, Mining, and telecoms among others.

The company handles 60% of all coffee exports from Kenya and operates the largest licensed coffee warehouse with 15,000 SqM dedicated to coffee.

Bollore constructs new cocoa loading station

The news of the coffee logistics has come a week after the company invested into the construction of a new cocoa loading station in the port area of San Pedro, in the south-west of Côte d’Ivoire.

This fully robotised and automated infrastructure will speed up the loading operations and provide a smoother export process of bulk cocoa beans, thus offering greater competitiveness to the port of San Pedro, which remains the world’s leading cocoa export port.

Thanks to an investment of one billion CFA francs, this new loading station will also enable Bolloré Transport & Logistics to improve its quality of service, with a potential volume increase of 30 to 50% of cocoa handled to date at this logistics base.

It will also benefit the entire maritime transport chain (shipowners, stevedores, freight forwarding agents, carriers, etc.), in the port community of San Pedro.

For cocoa farmers, this new logistics platform will reduce the waiting time of bush trucks at the factories where the cocoa is prepared for export, improve rotation and increase productivity.

In particular, it will make Côte d’Ivoire even more attractive as the world’s largest cocoa producer with over 2 million tonnes.

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