A couple of weeks ago we reported that Koi Wholesale, exclusive UK distributors for Niigata, Japan based Mr Nishikigoi, were planning the trial of a mid summer shipment utilising expanded polystyrene boxes developed by Nishikigoi Niigata Direct – http://nishikigoi.life/2017/07/27/mr-nishikigoi-koi-wholesale-nishikigoi-niigata-direct-collaborate-first-mid-summer-uk-shipment/

On 8th August the Koi left Japan on what was, according to Nishikigoi Niigata Direct, the hottest day of the year at 37oC.

EPS boxes loaded on truck in Ojiya for ground transport to Narita Airport

EPS boxes loaded on truck in Ojiya for ground transport to Narita Airport

EPS boxes loaded on truck in Ojiya for ground transport to Narita Airport

EPS boxes loaded on truck in Ojiya for ground transport to Narita Airport

Many hours later the Koi arrived at London Heathrow Airport.

Anyone who has imported Koi to the UK will be familiar with the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow Airport, a frustrating place to wait for the shipment to clear border inspection before they are released to the importer.

Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow Airport

Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow Airport

ARC border inspection post for fish

ARC border inspection post for fish

Pallet of EPS boxes arrives in London

Pallet of EPS boxes arrives in London

Pallet of EPS boxes loaded to Koi Wholesale truck for onward transportation to their Nottinghamshire premises

Pallet of EPS boxes loaded to Koi Wholesale truck for onward transportation to their Nottinghamshire premises

Having been cleared Koi Wholesale were able to complete the final leg of the journey and take the 100+ boxes back to their premises in Nottinghamshire.  See more about their premises in this post from my visit in April – http://nishikigoi.life/2017/04/04/visit-koi-wholesale/.

Ryan Stoddart of Koi Wholesale stated, ‘Very impressed, water temp was 24 on average some less. Water quality was good, what I would class as normal for anytime of year really.’


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Newly opened EPS box

Newly opened EPS box

Thermometer showing water temperature of 24 degrees

Thermometer showing water temperature of 24 degrees

Nishikigoi Niigata Direct said, ‘The whole export arrived in London in perfect condition. This success opens up a new era for Nishikigoi world.’

 

To find out more about Mr Nishikigoi visit their website – https://mr-nishikigoi.com – or find them on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/MR.Nishikigoi.Direct/.

To find out more about Koi Wholesale visit their website – http://koi-wholesale.co.uk – or find them on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/koiwholesale/.


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