Re: Standards for Indian henna powder (and the dye is: *drum roll*)

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Posted by Kenzi on September 16, 2002 at 23:05:36:

In reply to: Re: Standards for Indian henna powder (and the dye is: *drum roll*) posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 16, 2002 at 22:43:36:

: Why would it be economically unfeasible for India to get powder out
: the door without scrap, grit and dye when Pakistan, Iran, Morocco,
: Yemen seem to be able to do so? I don't think labor conditions in
: one of those countries are better or worse than any other. And, the
: henna industry is less hazardous than most. If people have to put
: their children out to work by age 10, at least the henna industry
: isn't killing them by age 16 like several others I can think
: I know about what the carton prices are of all the hennaes before
: leave the country .... if one were to demand that "pure" henna
: the docks rather than adulterated henna, and agree to pay double the
: price, you'd be shocked at how little difference it would make in
: henna budget. Last I checked, 90% of what you pay for henna is
: shipping, customs, tarifs, couriers and markups.

As a henna importer from Morocco (Tazarine) I agree that most of the
cost is to cover shipping, customs etc. In order to get fresh henna
I have to pay a lot extra for air freight. And in support of your
argument that the Indians CAN send out pure henna, it wouldn't be
that much more expensive as there are very reliable shipping options
available from India that arent' available in places like Morocco; by
that I mean that it is easier and cheaper to ship stuff from India
than it is to ship from Morocco.


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