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Port of Cotonou offers Malian businesses concessions as Ivorian crisis cripples Abidjan port.

The port of Cotonou in Benin is taking advantage of the Ivorian crisis, as it strikes a deal with Malian businesses that use the Ivorian port of Abidjan to import and export goods to switch to Cotonou.

A customs official at the Port of Cotonou, ThEaophile Soussia, on Saturday issued a statement saying that the Malian Council of Shippers (CMC) had struck a deal for landlocked Malian businesses at the close of negotiations conducted with the authorities of several ports in the sub-region.

In the statement made available to PANA, the Malian economic operators are being urged to use the port of Cotonou, where they will benefit from concessions, which were previously granted to them because of their status as a landlocked country for all their customs clearance operations.

Those concessions include the rules on free movement of people and goods in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) zone that brings together Francophone West Africa.

At the moment, several tonnes of Malian goods are locked up at the Port of Abidjan because of the Ivorian political crisis that has seen the country slide into chaos withEeEethe two presidential candidates in the 28 November poll claiming victory.

This situation has seen price hikes in Mali such as cooking oil, which now costs 1,200 FCFA per litre as against between 800 and 900 FCFA before the crisis and sugar which costs 650 FCFA per kilo as against between 450 and 500 FCFA before

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Date:Jan 10, 2011
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