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The cocoa trade is among one of the most prosperous in the world, with the international cost of cocoa on the rise as a result of the ever growing demand for more cocoa products. The main growing regions of cocoa are in Asia, Africa and Latin America, with Cote d’Ivoire producing an incredible 40% of the world’s cocoa supply. Cocoa beans are seeds that are part of the cocoa fruit which contain lots of fat that can be used in the manufacture of cocoa butter and, everyone’s favourite, chocolate. But just how does cocoa make its way from its country of origin to so many other parts of the world?

Types of transportation means

Cocoa is typically shipped by means of travelling on ship, by trucks and on railroads.


Cocoa is transported via bagged cargo in special ventilated containers which are also used to transport coffee and this is because the cocoa has lower water content. The containers the cocoa are shipped in are made from food and are always kept clean and dry- the container itself is kept to at a water content level of 12% so that it doesn’t make the cocoa cargo damp in any way. Cocoa beans are shipped in standard containers that are put in large liner bags, making the shipment process more cost effective.

Handling of cargo

When it comes to handling cargo like cocoa, it is of the upmost priority that hooks are not used in any part of the freight forwarding process as this means that there is likely to be no damage caused to the bags. Weather is also an important factor to consider for cargo such as cocoa as it must be protected from moisture, to prevent the growth of mould.


It is vital that cocoa is always stowed in a cool, dry place that offers good ventilation. Storing the cargo away from heat means that there is minimal risk of post fermentation – ideally the cocoa container should not be exposed to any weather conditions directly. Alongside this there is also the issue to ensuring that the cocoa shipment is kept away from freezing temperatures as this can also cause the beans to begin breaking down and spoiling.

Securing of cargo

Safe transportation is always important when it comes to shipping something like cocoa, which typically means that the bags need to be secured in a way that ensures they do not slip and move around during the transportation process. This is equally important to ensure that there is not a loss of volume or quality in the cocoa caused by it coming into contact with other pieces of cargo.

If you are looking to ship something to another part of the world, regardless of what it is or what specific requirements you may have, get in touch with us today. We can help you with advice on how to deliver your goods to their final destination and offer you the highest quality assistance when it comes to making your freight forwarding process a success!