Many manufacturers and distributors face challenges bringing their products into new markets due to limited knowledge of the logistics requirements for distributing off-grid appliances. Understanding the complex shipping logistics and importing requirements in various countries where off-grid products are sold can be time-consuming.
The Efficiency for Access Coalition has documented lessons learned and developed a set of practical guidelines for manufacturers, distributors, or other agents to inform their considerations and actions when shipping off-grid appliances. This essential guide includes a cost analysis, an overview of import and export regulations, and a set of practical steps to prepare a product for shipment for three appliance categories: small household appliances (e.g. TVs and fans), refrigerators and solar water pumps.