A Seychellois-owned cargo service, Euro African Star Transport (EAST), has begun exporting fish to African markets as part of its efforts to diversify Seychelles’ exports.
The owner of EAST cargo, Carol Nalletamby, told SNA her company will be exporting fish to Nigeria and Uganda via Ethiopian Airlines where there are five-star hotels willing to buy the product.
“There are two hotels I am working with specifically. We had previously sent them samples of our products and they said they were satisfied with the quality,” she said.
For the moment, EAST Cargo will be supplying five tonnes of fish a week – although there will be additional stock sent for distribution in the new market.
“Ethiopia has an extensive network in China and Singapore, that I believe they will also use to continuously send the fish to,” said Nalletamby.
Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, is currently exporting its fish products, mainly tuna and red snapper, to Europe and the United States.
Euro African Star Transport (EAST) was founded in 2020 as a company of the Seychelles. Though the company is recent, the team responsible for the company has been working together for many years through EAST sister company Euro Africa which was founded in France and has a history of transport business in East Africa.
East Cargo Services received extensive media attention when in March 2019, the company chartered Turkish airlines with the capacity of carrying up to 35 tonnes of cargo.
At the time of launching the services, the company had expected an inbound tonnage of 24 tonnes and an estimated outbound tonnage of 16 tonnes on the flight.
Earlier this month, the East Cargo Services was recognised by the local civil aviation authority for lifting out the highest payload from the Seychelles International Airport on a passenger cargo flight. The owner of the company, Carol Nalletamby received a certificate of achievement from Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority.
The recognition came after EAST Cargo managed to load 23,008.9kgs of fish onto Turkish Airlines aircraft TK0749 outbound to various points in the United States and Europe via Istanbul on June 1. The cargo load, which was the highest ever lifted out of Seychelles on a passenger cargo flight, was ratified by Air Seychelles Freighter Services at SIA.
The island nation is in the process of revitalising its fisheries industry, the second top contributor to its economy, with the government launching a series of measures to diversify and ensure more value-added fisheries products are exported.
Nalletamby said local fishermen have to go through a fish processor before her company accepts to ship them overseas.
“We make sure that the fish is processed up to international standards before shipping them over, although sometimes there are fish processors that we cannot work with, as they have signed contracts with specific countries,” she added.
The services EAST cargo offer is finding the best routes (ship, truck or plane), handling all information requirements, managing the transportation and supervision of the process.