A guide to shipping coconut oil from the Philippines

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The Philippines is one of the world's leading producers and exporters of coconut oil, with the country exporting 1.9 metric tons of coconut oil globally each year. The United States and the Netherlands are two of the country’s top export destinations. According to a report by the Philippines' The Department of Trade and Industry, it is stated that the country recorded a 96.2% year-to-date growth with cumulative export sales of coconut oil reaching US$1.6 billion from January to August in 2022. 

In terms of usage, coconut oil is a vegetable oil whose properties make it an essential ally in both food and cosmetics. In the food industry, coconut is considered a superfood due to its high content of healthy fatty acids, as well as minerals such as potassium and magnesium. Additionally, coconut oil can withstand high temperatures without oxidizing or breaking down, making it ideal for cooking. As for the cosmetics industry, coconut oil is often lauded for its nourishing and hydrating properties and is commonly used in hair care and skincare products.

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How is coconut oil made?

Coconut oil is made by pressing fresh coconut meat (wet method) or dried coconut meat called copra (dry method). The dry method usually yields a lower-quality oil, as the copra can be contaminated with mold or other impurities. The wet method is generally considered to produce a higher-quality oil. To make coconut oil using the wet method, the fresh coconut meat is grated, mixed with water, and then pressed to extract the oil. The water and oil are then separated through boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, or mechanical means, leaving behind pure, unrefined virgin coconut oil.

Understanding the shipping documentation required 

When exporting coconut oil from the Philippines, businesses must ensure that they have the relevant documents lest they run into issues with the regulatory authorities, they are:

  • Packing List

  • Invoice

  • Bill of Lading

  • Export License

  • Customs Export Declaration

  • Certificate of Origin

In terms of restrictions, there are no specific restrictions with regards to the export of coconut oil out of the Philippines. However, it is important to note that all food products must be properly labelled in accordance with the respective country's quality and safety standards.

Packing and shipping considerations when exporting coconut oil

Fresh coconut oil has a pleasant taste and odor, and is a white to slightly yellowish oil, however, it has a rancid odor when old. Thus, when packing and shipping coconut oil, it is important to use food-grade containers that can withstand high temperatures, as coconut oil has a melting point of 25°C. Coconut oil should also be stored in a cool, dark place to prevent rancidity. It is generally recommended that businesses use airtight, food-grade glass jars or containers with a tamper-proof seal for their products. Companies must also plan the duration properly, taking into consideration the various methods of transportation available, to ensure that the products reach their destination in a timely and efficient manner.

Shipping with a reliable logistics provider

Exporting coconut oil in bulk from the Philippines can be a profitable venture for businesses, provided they are aware of the relevant documents and packing considerations. By following the tips in this guide, businesses can avoid any complications and ensure a smooth export process. And by using a reliable international express logistics provider, businesses can be assured that their products will reach their destination on time and free of defects

With DHL Express, you are assured of quality and reliability in terms of shipping and delivery, as we have the experience and expertise to handle your products with care, as well as provide you with the most efficient route to your destination. Contact us today to learn more about our express shipping solutions for coconut oil exports from the Philippines.

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