DFI is looking for Overseas Agents

Dear All,
Hi all, Our DFI farm is now looking for agents to market our fishes in these countries - Brunei, Canada (Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton, Toronto & Montreal), Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam etc etc

Any person/persons who would be able to introduce keen fish importers in their respective countries to DFI, and such introductions ending up with DFI receiving a confirmed order from their fish importer, would receive a free DFI xback as a token of appreciation in the same shipment.

As xback prices have been slashed some 60-70% from 2-3 years ago, our minimum quantity for export is only 12 Cross Back Goldens (excluding High Backs & RTGs). Therefore, we believe that this sales target can easily be achieved by any sincere fish importer. Once any agent has been appointed by us, we will do our utmost to accord that party 100% protection, just like the way we have protected C328 in Singapore (ie no direct retailing of a single fish in our farm unless it's a bigger fish where C328 do not have the space for such bigger fishes).

A) Procedures to Import
1. Please check with your country's Fish Authority if this CITES protected species (Scientific name is Scleropages Formosus) is indeed allowed in your country? Though all our arowanas are captive bred in our DFI farm (our farm's CITES registration number, A-SG-507), and each fish tagged with an unique microchip number, some countries like the US and Australia still banned this fish from entering their country.

2. Once confirmed that your country does allow the legal importation of these fishes, inform us of your fish type and fish quantities that you would like to have and we will email you our Proforma Invoice for your 20% downpayment.

3. Once we received your initial deposit, we will apply for the Singapore CITES export permit, ready in just 2 working days (excluding Sat & Sun, Public Holidays). We will then email the Singapore CITES permit to you for you to apply in your country, the CITES import permit.

4. Once your local CITES import permit is ready, inform us, and pay us the balance 80%. Please note - we do not need your CITES import permit, just keep it as you will need it on the day of the actual import. We will then arrange for the closest export date to book a flight for your shipment. Do allow us at least 5 workings days for this procedure as we need to do a lot of export preparations on our side.

5. 4-5 days after your final payment, our fishes will arrive at your International airport, all guaranteed to be 100% alive. In the most unlikely event of a Death on Arrival (DOA), compensation will be provided on and ONE FOR ONE basis, subject to you cutting the dead fish into two halves, and retrieving its mircochip tag on its left shoulder area. Then please send the cert, tag and photos (3 items) to us by UPS, Fedex or DHL within 3 days of arrival in your country. We will compensate you during the next shipment but frankly, this rarely rarely happens to our farm due to our 18 years of export experience.

6. On the import day, you would find our original Singapore CITES export permit together with the fish cartons. All you need to do in advance is to engage a local freight forwarder to do the Customs Clearance for you, ie to pay any import duties, apply for the CCP (Cargo Clearance Permit), etc. Most importantly, bring along your original CITES import permit to your local airport to prove that you indeed have the right paper work done before hand to import these endangered fishes.

7. Once the fishes are safe and sound in your shop/office, float them in your tanks for at least 30 minutes to equalise the water temperature first. Then open each bag and allow in some tank water, close back the bags and let them float for another 10 minutes. Repeat this action once or twice, before finally releasing all fishes into the tank. Add some salt, about 300g to every 100 litres of water. Do not feed the fishes on the first day of arrival. Phew, finally all is safe and done, just sit back, relax and enjoy, finally reap the benefits of being an importer!

B) Other costs
Other than the basic fish costs, there are 2 other costs you would need to pay. Thus you would have to take into account of these two costs in your costs computation.

1. Firstly, Fixed Costs of S$450 (Singapore dollars) per Shipment. This will cover us for all Singapore local transport, Singapore CITES export permit, Singapore Health certificate, Singapore Cert of Origin, Singapore AVA inspection at our farm one day before the shipment, Packing and other documentation. Thus if you import only 12 fishes, your Fixed costs per fish would be rather high as compared to say, you importing 50 or 100 fishes (you see, most of our clients from Japan and HK are buying 50-100 fishes in order to lower this fixed costs).

2. Variable costs, ie Air Freight. This would depend on your final destination, which International airport you want us to fly the fishes to as well as the number of fishes/cartons you have ordered. Once being informed, we will ask our freight forwarder to quote us and we will, in turn, quote you based on costs to costs (after the shipment, we will email you our freight forwarder's bill to show you that we did incur the amount we had quoted you, or if not more ...). Most airlines'' minimum charge is 45kg per shipment, while some have a 100kg minimum charge. One carton may place 4pcs of 8-9 inches Xbacks, weighing about 18kg per box (so its 4.5kg per fish including water).

Sorry for the lengthy explanation. Hope the above is clear and helps in your decision making in one way or another. Many thanks for the kind support of DFI.

Waiting in anticipation for any form of good news. Thanks for reading!

Mrs Goh

A recent shipment of 14 cartons, totalling about 56 xbacks. In order to spread out the Fixed Costs, try to order at least 30-50 xbacks since Xback prices are so so cheap now, almost a good 60-70% discount from 2-3 years ago!



One carton would contain 4pcs of 8-9 inch xbacks (approx. 18-19kg per box). But if the xback is larger, say 12-14 inches, one box can only take a maximum of 2 such fishes. Most airlines minimum charge is 45kg, while some airlines require a minimum charge of 100kg.