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Kava Supply Chain Disruptions (COVID-19)

Discussion in 'Kava Lounge' started by kasa_balavu, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina


    Fiji has just had it's second case of COVID-19, and direct flights to the US will cease on Monday for probably three months. Vanuatu, Samoa, and Tonga will also be mostly cut off from the world, at least as far as air traffic is concerned.

    There is talk of Fiji Airways maybe sending an occasional cargo-only flight to the US if there is enough demand from shippers, but it remains to be seen if that eventuates.

    Anyway, this is just a heads up that there is a chance that kava supply from outside the US may begin to dry up after a couple of weeks. You may soon find yourselves dependant on Hawaiian kava. On the other hand, kava bars with excess kava they can't sell on-premises may start selling their kava online.

    Don't panic.

  2. verticity

    verticity I'm interested in things

    Quote form Kava World FB page a couple days ago:

    "Many Kava exporters this morning at the Port Vila International airport were sending their last kava consignments .... before the closure of all outbound international flights in the next couple of days .."
    In the comments it says that the last plane from Vanuatu will be on Sunday. Until when is not known.

    Last edited: Mar 21, 2020
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  3. Go Krunk Yourself

    Go Krunk Yourself Kava Enthusiast

    Hello darkness my old friend...
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  4. avahZ

    avahZ YAHWEH Shalom

    Ok Amazon bring out the stems and leaves :wtf:
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  5. Kapmcrunk

    Kapmcrunk The Kaptain of Crunk KavaForums Founder

    I've stickied this thread in case others may have more information regarding the status of kava shipments.

    Good luck y'all. We're all going to need it.
  6. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    OK, this is Fiji's Minister for Economy confirming that if there is enough demand, they will have a weekly cargo run to the US.

    Transcript: "To continue to assist importers and exporters, Fiji Airways is actively seeking advance commitments to facilitate weekly freight service flights from Nadi-Los Angeles, Nadi-Sydney, and Nadi-Auckland. Those looking to take advantage of the service should contact Fiji Airways head of cargo operations Athil Narayan by email at or by phone at (+679) 990 8129."

    So if you're a vendor worrying about getting your kava to the US, contact this guy.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2020
  7. kavakarma

    kavakarma Kava Enthusiast

  8. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

  9. Zac Imiola (Herbalist)

    Zac Imiola (Herbalist) Kava Enthusiast

    So we should just create a large message with all of our signatures saying that we as a kava community in the US will continue to purchase fijian kava and help their economy if they do cargo runs
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  10. Ultra Sunrise

    Ultra Sunrise New Member

    My pen is ready. Let's goooo!
  11. avahZ

    avahZ YAHWEH Shalom

    That Avatar looks abit like a local big foot’s old one... :)