I am working on an article about the sustainability of coffee and I am looking for information regarding the total cost of shipping green beans from origin to retailer. I'm thinking along the lines of fuel costs for ships/planes, costs to retailers/roasters who actually buy the beans, and any incidental costs such as those one might pay for containers and agents. Any help or leads to resources are appreciated!
You should add in export taxes at origin as well as Phyotosantiary certification, fummigation costs. These are all born by the exporter- the farmer. There are other costs such as raising a LC- which is now mandatory for all coffee shipments out of Indonesia. A LC is raised by the buyer, but if its a small roaster it is now a barrier for that roaster to buy direct from Indonesia. A LC ties up funds- more than the actual worth of the coffee. Coffee can not be shipped without the LC so, for instance, if a farming coop was shipping to a roaster in Fort Worth, it would mean that roasters funds would be tied up for 6 weeks. A barrier for sure IMHO against developing direct trade routes from origin to roaster
Your best bet would probably be to talk to an importer. Atlas Coffee Importers, Royal Coffee Importers, Elan Coffee Importers and Cafe Imports are a few that are easy to get in touch with. A google search of any of these will lead you to their websites.
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