In the countries where cocoa is grown and produced the local traders and sales organizations prepare the cocoa for transport to processing plants around the world. During this time, traders, buyers, and brokers work to agree about quality, quantity, the time and place of delivery.
This is important because price fluctuates depending on factors such as time of year, quality of beans and climate changes.
The beans are shipped in sacks made of strong jute fabric or in containers where the cocoa is loosely dumped. This allows for the beans to not retain any moisture.
Another important factor in the transportation of cocoa beans is the location of ports. The ports where cocoa is delivered must be located in a favorable position to the processing plants.
Trucks or trains carry the cocoa in large tote bags or loose in the trailer to the manufacturer’s facility on a “just-in-time” basis.