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Have you considered exporting liquid items to the island of Saint Helena?

Actually, there might be a more appropriate first question than the one above: Have you heard of the island of Saint Helena? One of the UK's most highly regarded cargo shipping companies, Wake Marine, could excuse you if you haven't. Part of the British Overseas Territory known as Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it is one of the world's most remote islands and is globally famous for little else than being the place of Napoleon Bonaparte's imprisonment by the British for the last six years of his life. However, it could be worthwhile for you to carefully consider whether exporting liquid goods to the island, with assistance from Wake Marine, could financially benefit you.

 

An island with an intriguing history

To say that Saint Helena is small would be an understatement. It measures a mere 16 by 8 kilometres - or 10 by 5 miles - and, according to the island's census of 2008, has just 4,255 residents. However, some surprisingly interesting events have occurred on the island. Not only is there the aforementioned Napoleon connection, there is also the connection of Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo, the king of the Zulu nation from 1884 until 1913, who was also imprisoned on Saint Helena - in his case, for using a Zulu army to rebel against British rule. The Napoleon connection is likely to have been the main attraction for many of the island's tourists, including many of the 3,200 short term visitors to Saint Helena in 2013.

 

Why could it be a good idea to have liquid goods exported to Saint Helena?

One reason is that, as the island is so small and remote, it highly relies on imports. Hence, you could find surprising success in exporting a wide range of types of liquid, including alcohol, molasses and lubeoil, to Saint Helena. We think it is also worth pointing out that many of the island's imports already come from the UK and so there is clearly already demand from the island for UK goods.

Furthermore, the UK government has put £250 million towards the construction of an airport on Saint Helena. This airport is expected to be completely operational by early 2016 and help the island's tourism industry by leading to annual visitors of up to 3,000 to Saint Helena. Such visitor numbers would likely help to boost markets for liquid goods on Saint Helena.