Thinking of settingup small depot with coldstores in India, need help.

Question posted by Ganesh Bogadala, on behalf of RAGA FOODS LTD in UB5

We are niche frozen food products importers and distributors in UK. Exploring the possibility to export smaller quanties to different cities in India with an intention to distribute to star hotels, clubs and restaurants. Not sure if its practical setting our own depots or look for existing distributors in India to partner.
Any suggestion in this regard would be appreciated.

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Saionton Basu, on behalf of Penningtons Solicitors LLP in London.

Sufficient diligence will need to be done before appointing a distributor since reliable cold storages in India are few and far between. It is only practical to set up your own facility if the order size is of a sufficient quantum. I attach the link to a fact sheet prepared by Penningtons on the framework for setting up supply-chain logistics in India:

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Tara Panjwani , on behalf of UK India Business Council in London .

Dear Ganesh,

Thanks very much for your query regarding exporting and distributing frozen food in India. We work with some good chilled food distributors in India so I'm happy to connect you to them so that you can explore synergies and possible partnerships and learn more about the local environment. This is probably a better way to start engaging with India and then you can look to set up your own depot at a later stage once you have established demand as Saionton mentions above and understood the market dynamics.

Please contact me directly on and I will be happy to put you in touch with the companies i mentioned above.

Kind Regards

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Hi Ganesh.
Following on from the replies you have received regarding distribution arrangements, our agents in India, as below, may be able to assist you in terms of advising on methods of shipment to India, Customs clearance, warehousing and distribution:
Om Freight Forwarders Pvt Ltd., 709, 7th Floor, Corporate Centre, Nirmal Life Style, L B S Marg, Mulund (W), Mumbai. Tel. 91 22 67823333, Fax. 91 22 26817567, email:
Kind regards
Gary Baylis / Westhaven Worldwide Logistics / / T: 0121 713 7250

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kiran sharma, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment India in India.

Hi Ganesh,

You mentioned that you are a frozen food exporter and are considering exports to India.

Before I recomend the best way forward, could you please explain what range of products do you wish to export.There are number of restrictions towards import of meat and dairy based products.Importer in India of meat and dairy products still require import licence. However, once you have formalised your plans and decised on the distributor/importer, you my consider investment in a cold storage, where you can invest upto 100%.

Lets talk sometime at your convenience.

Kiraan Sharma
Senior Trade & Investment Adviser

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