Amerijet Slash Prices for Agriculture Produce & Fish out of SVG

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American cargo airline, Amerijet International has slashed prices for shipments of Agricultural produce and fish products being airlifted out of St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the Argyle International Airport (AIA).

The price per pound of agricultural produce was reduced by US.60 cents down from US$1.00 to US .40 cents per pound.

The price of fish exports was also reduced to US.35 cents. However, News784 was unable to verify the initial cost per pound of fish exports before the price cut.

Sources told News784.com that local agent for Amerijet, Mr Keith Boyea successfully negotiated the new price structure.

Amerijet International began operating its 767 aircraft via AIA earlier in May ahead of the previously announced starting date for the new service in June 2017.

The 767 has a capacity of 110 thousand pounds of cargo as against 55, 000 with its current service of the 727 jets.

Speaking at a Press Conference in early May Prime Minister Gonsalves welcomed the first landing of the 767 while noting the importance of such service to the country.

Gonsalves told the media that when the 727 landed at E.T Joshua, the wind and the configuration of the airport posed some problems for the lifting of cargo.

6 Comments

  1. All I know is that:

    1. All this agricultural and marine produce is transported mainly by ship, train, and truck all over the world. Air transport makes up a small portion of the shipment of unprocessed food.

    2. Where I live (a medium-sized city), most of the tropical provisions and fish we buy are cheaper than their counterparts in the Kingstown produce and fish markets. Yes, the fresh produce back home is generally of better quality: fish can be purchased soon after they are caught and the land produce is available at the peak of their maturation (as opposed to the often half-full or half-ripe overseas produce). Give me a local mango any day of the week!

    But the small scale and unmechanized nature of local production is why the prices are so high. Accordingly, I don’t see how it would have much of an overseas market compared to the cheaper produce available from large Latin American, African, and Asian producers.

    If all this makes me a “naysayer,” then I shall wear that label with pride.

  2. David your secound paragraph is a totally untrue statement. Theres no way fish and ground provisions are cheaper in your rich country than SVG unless you buy Tilapia or some rotten fish that was in the supermarket for six months.

  3. I used to look forward to reading C.ben David postings, but now, it’s just getting too negative… I was told that if I don’t have anything good thing to say, then keep my mouth shut… but as far as I am concerned, I think and believe that David feels powerful behind his keyboard, I can bet he don’t converse like that in person

  4. Air transportation is best suited for perishables like fish. This creates a very good opportunity for our local farmers and fishers to penetrate the North American Market. I have always felt that our fishing industry needs to be further developed to give coastal villagers an opportunity to make a living from fishing. There is need for accessibility large fishing boats and the construction of docking facilities from Stubbs to Georgetown to enable local fishers in those areas to commercialize their activities. There is a very lucrative and large market for tuna in North America, Japan and China. Tuna is particularly craved in the restaurant and hotel industry.

    Now that we have cheaper transportation we need focus improving the quality of our produce and have them nicely packaged. We need to now establish a strategic partnership with the International Grocers Association (IGA) from the United States to distribute our products among their supermarket affiliates worldwide. Finally, we need to also focus on creating economies of scale so we can compete with our cheaper rivals.

  5. Sometimes I wonder about the thought processes of people who pontificate about shipping fish to North America using air transport. Has anyone analysed the fishing industry in the USA? I personally cannot find that there is a huge demand for fish that is not adequately met by the local industry in the US. If there is a demand that I do not know about, why has established exporters in the Caribbean with existing international airports not doing this already. Take Jamaica which is 1300 miles closer, and thus ideally placed compared to our Island to fulfil orders not doing this? How on earth would we compete with North American fishing fleets, who fish on an industrial scale with modern equipment, plus we would have the additional cost of air freight to the US which would negatively impact the final cost to the US consumer. If my opinion makes me a naysayers in the eyes of those who view basic economics through the prism of rose tinted spectacles then they should feel free to advance their “facts” that refutes my “opinions”. Please it is ok to be nationalistic, and to be proud to have an updated airport, but please do not justify its existence on “facts” that cannot be justified.

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