• Minimum tonnage - fairtrade

    Mention has already been made of the difficulty of shipping small lots that do not fill an entire container. FLO itself does not impose minimum volumes on grower organizations but for practical reasons shipments must be in container size lots, meaning a minimum exportable production of about 18 tons.

    In practice, small producer groups in some countries do manage to combine shipments so as to fill a container, for example by establishing an umbrella organization to coordinate this and other activities to achieve the necessary economies of scale. FLO’s start-up requirements also serve a developmental objective: taking into account membership and other characteristics, producer groups should at least have the potential to reach a volume of business that will achieve sustainable development impact.
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