Considering taking your food & drink business overseas?

By Jenna Morgan, Wallis Shipping
For over 35 years, we’ve specialised in food & drink logistics across the world. Based on the Suffolk / Essex border, we're among a huge range of agricultural, farming & food industries, and within easy reach of two of the UK’s largest freight ports.
Published in Essex Director Magazine Spring | Summer 2023

Essex: Logistics: Wallis Shipping

East Anglia has a phenomenal amount of amazing food manufacturers; with British produce being so favourable around the world, the opportunities are huge for regional food and drink businesses to export their goods and get their great local British produce out there on the global market.

There are three key areas to consider when expanding your food and drink business overseas:

1. Exporting perishable produce:

Many food products are classed as perishable goods because they have a limited shelf life, so it is important that these are shipped using a quick, regular and reliable supply chain.

2. Cold and frozen goods:

Key to ensuring the quality of the product is never compromised, chilled and frozen produce need bespoke shipment criteria with streamlined movements and 24/7 support.

Temperature-sensitive cargo needs to be shipped in reefer containers, which are refrigerated with temperature controls. When it comes to frozen goods that need to be quickly shipped with air freight, these are thermal wrapped to enable them to protect the cargo. This temperature control needs to be linked throughout the whole shipping process to ensure it is sustained.

3. POAO (Products Of Animal Origin) international regulations:

Since Brexit, UK exporters now have to adhere to strict regulations to get their goods into Europe. This is especially the case when it comes to food products.

All POAO exported to Europe need to be approved and certified by a vet. This not only includes meat and fish, but also dairy, leather, collagen, honey and, of course, live animals. You may also need a phytosanitary certificate if you’re exporting or importing any of the following: plants, including fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, plant products, seeds, grains, bulbs and potatoes.

For further information and guidance on growing your food and drinks business overseas, email our friendly team on info@wssl.co.uk

Considering taking your food & drink business overseas? 1

Jenna Morgan is the Commercial Director of Wallis Shipping. For information and guidance on growing your food and drinks business overseas, contact:

T: 01206 751133
E: info@wssl.co.uk

Or visit www.wssl.co.uk

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