City – country – river – everything under control
Lots of cashews in big bags at the temporary storage facility in Ziguinchor
The south of Senegal is greener and more fertile than large parts of the country. The region there is called Casamance and is shaped by the river of the same name. Mangoes, millet and more and more cashew nuts are grown here. Experts say that these cashew nuts are the best in the world. So no wonder they are highly sought after all over the world. The only problem is: how does the nut from the remote area in West Africa find its way into the world? The answer is ITO Senegal.
Cashews are grown on the fertile fields in the south of Sénégal and are stored in sacks after the harvest in April-May. Via the port of Ziguinchor northbound along the coast by barge to the intermediate station in Dakar. There, the nuts are reloaded into containers and further transported by a container ship to India or Vietnam. Since cashews are a seasonal product, logistics and customs clearance must be carried out in a short time. This way the goods arrive at their destination as fresh as possible.
A little nut that does great things
So a lot depends on a well planned and smooth process. Pre-carriage by truck to the port, with the coastal ship to the next larger port and then the transhipment and further by sea freight to overseas. "Of course, there is stress involved," confirms Ousseynou Ciss, Assistant Customs Broker at ITO Sénégal SuARL. But as always, the good feeling outweighs the bad when it works out again. "And in the south of my country, many families depend on agriculture and cashews!"
Services: sea freight, customs clearance