So you want to order Frozen Chicken?
Because we receive dozens of inquires per week about new opportunities to buy our chicken or want to export. Prior to making contact with us as your potential Frozen Chicken Supplier; You should seriously consider the following which will simplify both your export and help you from having a disastrous experience in the export or import of frozen chicken. To avoid potential pitfalls and disasters, consider hiring an experienced broker or an intermediary. Why?
Because Brokers and/or Intermediaries make it their business to know and develop long-term relationships with countries, companies, and individuals in distant lands that have a much greater success record. They know the export marketplace and are better equipped than most independent buyers (or sellers) could ever hope to be.
Exporting frozen poultry has many costs associated with it, that the buyer (broker) is ultimately liable for. Once a deal has been agreed upon on a container of product that is to be exported, the following procedures must be met, or disaster may be lurking...
1) INLAND FREIGHT:
The containers carrying your frozen chicken order are equipped with generators called "Power-Packs or Gen-Sets" and these containers need to be Pre-Cooled and prepared by the carriers, shipping line, or container company at the storage yard or dock.
Once arrangements have been confirmed with whoever will be doing the loading, the container needs to be picked up at the dock or storage yard and delivered to the loading facility. The loading process can take between 4 to 6 hours depending on the loading requirements (floor loaded, pallet loaded, export stamps, labels or stickers, etc..) and the size of the crew arranged for the job.
2) SEAPORT DOCK:
It is important to consider the dock's "cut-off" time when arranging the loading. Most local Ports stop receiving at 2:30 or 3:30 in the afternoon and have limited or altered hours around holidays.
If you are using a local Port, same-day loading and delivery are possible. However, if there are delays and the container cannot be delivered to the dock it will need to be stored until the Port re-opens the following day. There are very few available plug-in/re-fueling/storage services offered by cold storage facilities for refrigerated containers.
Very Important and possibly quite expensive; Insurance must be arranged for each fcl / container. Coverage can be arranged for Fire, Theft, Public & Product Liability Insurance, Marine Cargo, Claim, Goods in Transit, and Fidelity Guarantor Insurance, among others. It is up to the exporter/broker to seek competent advice on what coverage should be added to each load.
Poultry products are sold on a "C.O.D." basis. That means that the product must be paid for in full prior to loading on a container. If however a solid business relationship is built and based on successful exporting which has developed over a number of years, terms may be agreed upon; however, because of the risk involved in dealing with buyers and sellers that operate under foreign guidelines and rules that cannot be controlled or influenced by domestic means, the large majority of products remain on a pre-paid basis.
5) FCL REFUSED:
Ask yourself: What happens if your container arrives in port or to a faraway port such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, or the Far East and the purchaser refuses to accept it? Whether who is right or wrong - the immediate issues are COSTS & FEES. The shipping companies charge very high rates for container storage. If you move the container from the foreign dock to be held in cold storage, the inland freight costs, unloading, and storage costs can easily erode any profit margin you may have counted on and quickly make it a money-losing exercise. Extreme caution should be used in dealings with new buyers in foreign countries.
Next, have you considered your exact needs?
What type of chicken are you needing?
Broiler Chickens 35 to 45 days old at the time of processing
Large Roasting Chickens which are 46 to 54 days of age?
Laying Chickens (Spent Hens, Heavy Fowl, or Mature Chicken) which are birds that range from 6 to 18 months of age at processing?
Whole Chickens or Parts (Backs, Drums, Legs, Leg-Quarters, Wings)
-What part exactly?
"Dark Meat" for example is as follows:
-Leg Quarters = the back half of a whole chicken split in two pieces which contains the back portion of the bird as well as the thigh and drumstick
-Regular or Whole Legs = which is the Thigh & Drumstick attached together but with the back portion removed at the thigh.
-Thigh Quarters = The Leg Quarter as above with the Drumstick removed.
-Thighs/Regular = The Thigh Portion of the Leg with both the Drumstick and Back portion removed.
What type of packaging?
For what destination country?
Regular processed Chicken or Halal?
These and other questions you should have your answers prepared prior to requesting or placing an order. Thanks and Good Luck!