Do you like potato chips? Potato chips are one of the favorite snacks in South Korea, which require approximately 130,000 Tons of potatoes a year for production.
One important requirement to make good potato chips is to have the potatoes as fresh as possible or else it will not be delicious. During Summer time from June to October, South Korea alone can produce approximately 100,000 Tons of potatoes locally, but it is difficult to produce sufficient a quantity of potatoes during Winter.
In order to meet market demands and fulfill customer satisfaction in Winter, they must first import and store potatoes from West USA in November and later on import fresh potatoes from Australia, who has Summer from December onwards. Due to several reasons, Australia's export for potatoes are increasingly rapidly. From January to May of 2016, USA exports were down 65% compared to the same time last year, while Australia exports went up 69%.
Potatoes from Australia to Korea requires a very special handling process & know-how. Transportation from an Australia Farm to Korean manufacturers’ plants have to be done by Reefer Containers as the potatoes require certain temperature control & ventilation throughout the journey. It is estimated about 1,000 – 1,200 of 40-feet Reefer containers were moved in 2016 and same is projected for 2017.
In 2016, JAS Australia and Korea successfully stepped into this business by handling 163 of the 40-feet Reefer containers for one of South Korea's major potato chip manufacturing companies. Subsequently, JAS has also secured approximately 400 of the 40-feet Reefer containers in 2017 with all 3 manufacturers. The 2017 business contract was signed at the JAS Sydney office in December 2016 with Australian Supplier, Shingreen Fresh and JAS Australia and Korea.
With Potato Logistics, JAS is not only offering a pure transport service, but also a wide range of associated logistics services, extending from professional ocean shipment to destination storage and other activities specific to the agricultural sector.
JAS will continue to deliver quality potatoes punctually and in good condition so that everyone is able to enjoy their Potato chips even in winter time in South Korea.