Export Services

EXPORT PROCESS OVERVIEW

 

CHARCOAL

Local Purchase: This includes purchase of the produce from Local Buying Agents (LBA). They could either be bagged or in bulk form depending on our customers’ preference. This can be done within 7 days depending on quantity and availability. It is usually 22tons bagged chaqrcoal in a 40ft container. The charcoal usually have minimum of 5% moisture and 75% carbon.

 

Transportation: This charcoal is conveyed from the farm gate to our facilities in Lagos, usually in two days. On arrival at port, it is weighted and kept till all documentations are processed before being loaded on board the requested shipping line.

Goods In Transit (GIT) Insurance: This insures the goods against theft, road hazards/accidents from the farm gates to our facilities in Lagos.

Freight: Our sea freight is usually done with Safmarine, CMA CGM Delmas, or ZIM.

Delivery: all shipping documents are forwarded to our customers as soon as the ship leaves the port to enable our customer take delivery of the goods at port of destination.

 

RAW CASHEW NUTS

LocalPurchase: This includes the sourcing and purchase of the produce from the farm gate (direct collectors), through Local Buying Agents (LBA). This service (LBA), we explore as measure of minimizing risks and increasing capacity. At this point, they are bagged in 80 +3kg net. This produce has certain level (%) of admixture (impurities) which can be contained to a reasonable minimum (globally acceptable is 1.9% max.).  We, however, do not expect to purchase at that percentage of admixture (1.0%). Ideally, careful purchases are done within the range of 2-2.5% admixture level. This can be done within 7 days depending on quantity and availability.

Transportation: This is conveyance of the goods from the farm gate to our facilities in Lagos, usually in two days.

Goods In Transit (GIT) Insurance: This insures the goods against theft, road hazards/accidents from the farm gates to our facilities in Lagos.

Warehousing: This is where the finishing (export readiness) is done. This will house the produce/goods and allows preparation for export such as cleaning, sun drying of produce and bagging.

Cleaning: All raw nuts carry foreign matter, consisting of sand, stones, dried apple etc.  The presence of foreign matter in the exporting operation can be avoided by cleaning the nuts.  The raw nuts can be sieved by hand using a ¾ inch mesh sieve.

Sun Drying: Raw Cashew Nuts are sun dried to reduce the moisture content to at least 6%. This can be achieved by exposing the nuts to a temperature at about 30-33 degrees centigrade for at least 36hrs. High moisture does not give the true value of the nut.

Bagging: 80kg net jute bags laminated is the standard bag for raw cashew nuts in shell export. The maximum tare weight allowed per bagging is 100kg.

Fumigation: This is done by the federal produce inspection agency. They fumigate the produce against weevils, and other forms of pest. This is allowed for at least 48hrs before shipment can be made. They issue a certificate of fumigation as per fumigated tonnage to augment quality declaration.

Inspection: This is usually carried out by COBALT, BV, ACE or SGS. This is called the Q&Q (Quality and Quantity) test.  This entails weighing the total volume as they are being containerized. This total volume (tonnage) is invoiced for the buyer. They also collect sample of the produce at random during quantity test for the quality analysis. They issue a certificate of inspection declaring the quantity and quality.

Loading:  This is done to as per export standard packing. Sealed bags are packed into the container usually in clean, dry 20” container, walled, floored and roofed with synthetic paper and preservatives. Inspection Agency seals the container after loading as it leads for the sea port.

Freight: Our sea freight is usually done with Safmarine, CMA CGM Delmas, or ZIM.

 

LEAD ORE

LocalPurchase: This includes the sourcing and purchase of the produce from Local Buying Agents (LBA) majorly in Nasarawa state. This service (LBA), we explore as measure of minimizing risks and increasing capacity. At this point, they are bagged. The quality of lead can easily be checked by sampling.

Transportation: This is conveyance of the goods from Nasarawa to Marine beach or Lagos port, usually in two to four days.

Goods In Transit (GIT) Insurance: This insures the goods against theft, road hazards/accidents from place of purchase to the Lagos port.

Loading and Delivery: This entails weighing the total volume as they are being loaded. This total volume (tonnage) is invoiced for the buyer. We also collect sample of the produce at random for quality analysis. We then get the Nigeria Export Proceeds Form from the bank and its attending documents on custom duty. The Bill of Lading and other export documents are tendered for onward delivery to our clients while we notify our client on readiness of goods for departure at port of origin.

 

TERMS OF PAYMENT

DOTWAN Ventures allows for two types of payment; documentary Letter of Credit (L/C) and Cash Against Document (CAD), usually depending on the produce to be exported.

Documentary Letter of Credit (L/C):This is usually confirmed. We, however give considerations to unconfirmed LC to commence the procurement process and insist on the customer adding confirmation with a global/prime bank in the UK or US at the point of shipment. We are also offered revolving LCs also by some of our customers.  Our Documentary Letter of Credit is usually of two forms namely;

  • Letter of Credit at Sight: This allows the seller to receive payment from the buyer’s bank upon presentation of shipping documents, usually within 7 days.

(b)      Letter of Credit by Deferment: This allows the buyer a credit line for duration of time after shipment to pay the seller’s bank after receiving shipping documents at buyer’s bank.

Cash against Document (CAD): We accept this on rare cases from verified and trusted existing clients especially in Western Europe.

DOCUMENTATIONS

Clean On-board Bill of Lading: Issued by the Shipping Agency as soon as vessel departs. This shows amongst other things the container number and goods description, as well as the consigner, consignee and notify party.

Phyto-sanitary Certificate:  Certifying that the produce is fit for human consumption or direct human consumption as such; it affirms the produce to be free from microbes and fungi such as E-Coli, Salmonella, Aflatoxin, etc. allowing for a detection limit of 0.01mg/kg

Fumigation Certificate: Issued by the Federal produce inspection agency. This certifies that the produce has been fumigated against certain microbial functions, such as prevention of moulds during transit.

Certificate of Origin: Issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and certifies that exported produce is of the originating country.

Commercial Invoice: This receipts the value of the goods, and a number of other information.

Packing List: This contains the loaded tonnage per container.