I am currently making single origin bean to bar chocolate and am always on the lookout for places to order the beans/nibs from. Any links or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Please let me know when you find out! I've asked a similar question and am not sure of what regulations, licensing, etc. are required to import beans to the US!
Hello Landen. when we send small quantities of beans to our customers in the US, they only needed a copy of the invoice and the phyto-sanitary certificate, that are issued at origin and handed over by the freight forwarder. Sometimes they charge for this service. The importer present this two documents to the Agriculture Department representative at customs at the International Airport and receive the beans.
Hi Juan Pablo,
Thanks - that's very helpful. Just to clarify, does that mean we need to pick up the beans at the airport, rather than having them shipped directly to us? Do any importers have any advice on this?
You can receive the beans at you home, or shop, at an extra cost that is charged by the freight forwarder (FedEx, DHL..). They can deal with the customs clearance as well.
For example this is the cost structure for a 250 kg (550lb) shipment that we recently sent from Costa Rica to Chicago and delivered to a chocolate shop there:
Air Shipment........................ $437,50
Charges at origin.................. $386,50 (Customs, pallets confection, pick up)
Charges at destination............ $ 297,50 (Doc Handover & Delivery)
Total Shipping......................... $1.121,50 ($4.49/kg or $2.04/lb)
The incoterm selected was DAP - Delivered at Place- (Not FOB or CIF)
Some clients decide to deal with customs clearance themselves, as mentioned in my previous message, and save the Charges at Destination, in this example $297.50
Obviously, this is an example of a large shipment for a home based chocolatier. For less quantities (2.5 to 50 lb) the cost structure is different, and we negotiated an alliance with a freight forwarder and USPS to deliver at affordable prices.
Between 50 lb and 200 lb there is a "grey area" where the shipments are very expensive considering $/lb. It is better to send 4 times 50 lb.
Hi Juan Pablo,
Thanks for this thorough explanation! For the quantities of 2.5 to 50 lbs, what does the cost structure look like?
Cacao Lb Total $
These prices includes the beans, charges at origin and destination, and shipping to any address in the Continental US.
Dear Bean-to-Bar chocolate makers, we are Nahua, cacao and chocolate producers in Costa Rica.
We offer Premium Cacao Beans in small quantities of 100 kg or more shipped in boxes of 12.5 kg each, all of which is of the Trinitario variety. Prices are FOB (Plus shipping costs).
· 5 boxes (100 kg) $5,45/kg ($2.47/lb)
· 6-9 boxes (120 - 180 kg) $5,35/kg ($2.43/lb)
· 10-15 boxes (200 - 300 kg) $5,25kg ($2.38/lb)
We are located in the Canton of Upala in northern Costa Rica within a buffer zone adjacent to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Our beans and chocolates are called "triple turned" because during the five- to six- day fermentation process the beans are turned over three times and then sun dried.
For more information and orders, please contact Juan Pablo at juan @ chocolate-nahua.com
We can now ship small quantities of Premium Costarican cacao beans to the Continental US at the following prices.
Cacao Lb Total $
These prices includes shipping to any address in the Continental US. We are still negotiating with the logistics company to be able to provide similar prices to other destinations. PayPal ok.
For more information and orders, please contact Juan Pablo at email@example.com