Kent Exports offer a variety of fresh produce from Australia to Asia and the Middle East. Over the last few years Rob Kent has built up a network of growers for whom he facilitates the export. Having spent time previously in Singapore, he is now moving back there to better serve his clients by being closer to the markets.
“Having lived and worked in Singapore before moving back to Australia in 2014 I have a good knowledge of the market there. After moving back to Australia, I worked for Thomas Foods International, one of Australia’s largest meat exporters that also had a fresh produce business and built an export strategy for this arm of the business. At the end of 2019, I started my own company to export fresh produce to the Asian markets,” explains Rob.
“We started by exporting potatoes and as time went on moved into other products. In the last five months we have exported 160x 40ft containers of red/brown onions across Southeast Asia, along with other commodities via air and sea freight.”
Rob said the biggest challenges now are rising freight prices and securing container equipment for exporting and managing global delays. As Singapore is one of the world’s busiest ports there are congestion problems, so being on the ground there will be a big advantage.
“We have also just started exporting onions from Japan to Taiwan and will be loading the first container destined for Hong Kong next week.
“I see this as a great opportunity, as I know the markets across Southeast Asia and have strong relationships with many importers and retailers across the region, and I can still work closely with my clients in Australia. Being in Asia will give me the opportunity to meet people and make new contacts.”
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