Have passed this question around the world without an answer. As I understand, most if not all sea shipments of agricultural products such as rice, corn, and cacao must be fumigated (usally with methyl bromide) before shipping. I would like to know, under what circumstances (type of container used, or via air transport, etc.) are beans shipped and guaranteed not fumigated?-since any fumigated beans would no longer be "organic". It seems that fumigation is a very standard operating procedure performed not once, but sometimes 2x, on cocoa beans. So how do "organic" beans arrive stateside or to other cocoa processing countries?
I have also heard that some companies buy organic liquor in the country of origin, and have it shipped, since liquor does not require fumigation.
Jeff and Nancy,
A couple points:
Generally, if your paperwork is done correctly stating organic status, most origins will not be fumigated. That being said, these are the biggest exceptions:
Indonesia as an origin is automatically fumigated upon arrival to the US
Venezuela has mandatory fumigating before export but not upon US arrival
As Jeff notes, semi-finished products are not subject to fumigation.
Hope this helps!
Thanks! You're the first person to provide any kind of answer to this question.
Check out a pos last year from Jim Lucas who discussed what controls his beans have to go through to get from Brazil to the USA - and about the precautions you have to take when using the very nasty chemicals involved.