BUA Foods has taken delivery of the first of two shipping vessels to augment its sugar export operations to the West African market, which kicked off earlier this year.
According to the firm, its export of refined sugar will benefit the economy, providing an alternative source of income, while significantly diversifying the company’s markets.
The vessels are expected to depart and berth at BUA’s port and terminal increasing export capacity while reducing operating cost.
The Mitsubishi of Japan built vessel is named MV Bundu – after the area in which the refinery is located. The vessel’s cargo capacity is suited to enhance quick and sustainable delivery of more refined sugar in the face of growing export demand from across the African region.
The refined sugar of high-grade quality is processed from BUA Foods’ ultra-modern sugar refinery located in Port Harcourt. This refinery with a capacity of 750,000 metric tons, is also equipped to process all grades of sugar.
“As we drive our business for growth with focus on sustainable returns, and benefit to all our stakeholders and the Nigerian economy, owning a shipping vessel is an important step in BUA Foods strategy” said the Chairman BUA Foods Plc, Abdul Samad Rabiu.
“We see an increased and continued demand for refined sugar across the region with attendant increase for logistics support to aid timely delivery, which is why it is important for us to strengthen our current capability with an own-controlled asset as we advance further in our business strategy. These new vessels will create operational efficiencies in our business and open possibilities for new services.”
With these acquisitions, BUA Foods noted that it is well positioned to take advantage of the AfCFTA, considering its investments in the food sector over the years.
“Owning a vessel to export sugar is a crucial enabler of flexibility and agility in our total supply chain as it allows our customers to tackle time-critical fulfillment challenges due to timely availability of their goods,” said MD BUA Foods, Ayodele Abioye. “As we expand our customer base into the region, we strongly believe in working closely with them towards meeting and surpassing their needs in time and in full”.
To further strengthen its export drive, a second shipping vessel is expected to arrive by the end of the second quarter of 2022 to promote cross border trade to businesses across the West African region and other African countries.