Fiji Sun - - LOCAL - Edited by Kar­alaini Waqanidrol­a

hip­ping prob­lems due to the COVID-19 pan­demic has re­duced FMF Foods Lim­ited’s ex­ports.

Biscuit Com­pa­nies (FMF) Man­ager Ex­ports Rakesh Raju con­firmed this dur­ing World Biscuit Day cel­e­bra­tion at their Walu Bay head­quar­ters last week.

“From March there was a surge in de­mand in re­gards to ex­port. Fol­low­ing the GOVID-19 there was a steady de­mand lead­ing to a chal­lenge on the lo­gis­tic side,” Mr Raju said.

“The chal­lenge is we do not have the vol­ume for the ves­sel sched­ule for other Pa­cific Is­lands,” he said.

“In terms of pre­vi­ous years, we can say that the de­lay is up to 80 to 90 per cent and that is one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors that we have to de­lay our ship­ment and for not be­ing able to ful­fil the de­mand with what the cus­tomers are send­ing.”

FMF Foods Lim­ited ex­ports bis­cuits to United States of Amer­ica, Canada, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and many Pa­cific coun­tries.

Fiji Ports Ter­mi­nal Lim­ited (FPTL) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Hasthika Ban­dara Dela last week con­firmed that there had been an 11 per cent re­duc­tion in im­port and ex­port vol­umes com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

“Many strong economies have suc­cumbed to the Coro­n­avirus pan­demic. This has re­sulted in dis­rup­tions to pro­duc­tion and sup­ply chain glob­ally,” Mr Dela said.

“Many ports are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing low cargo vol­umes and Fiji be­ing part of the global net­work and sup­ply chain is not exempted from the same,” he said.

Mr Dela said Fiji would pick up again once the pan­demic passed.

Over the past three months there has been lit­tle move­ment of ves­sels at Fiji’s main ports in­clud­ing Suva, Lau­toka and Vuda.

Last week ve­hi­cles car­rier, called in four weeks af­ter the Panama registered

off­loaded ve­hi­cles at the Suva Kings Wharf at the end of April.

Ex­pected arrivals the next few days at re­spec­tive ports are: Suva –

a con­tainer ship ar­rives to­mor­row and an oil/chem­i­cal tanker ar­rives Tues­day, June 9; Lau­toka –

a con­tainer ship ar­rives to­mor­row and Vuda – an oil/chem­i­cal tanker due to­day.

Con­tainer ship

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