In a strategic move, Ghana is set to import 2,500 tonnes of cocoa beans from Côte d’Ivoire and an additional 1,000 tonnes from Nigeria, as confirmed by a letter signed by Joseph Boahen Aidoo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD).
Dated January 25, 2024, and disclosed by ClassFMonline.com, the approval is in response to a request from Afrotropic Cocoa Processing Company Limited to import cocoa beans from these neighboring countries, with the delivery anticipated through the Tema Port.
The directive outlined in the letter mandates Afrotropic Cocoa Processing Company to provide comprehensive information regarding the impending import.
This includes details such as the vessel’s name, shipment schedule, quantity of beans, and the date/time of arrival, among other specifics.
Mr. Boahen Aidoo underscored the importance of obtaining all necessary authorizations from relevant state institutions, including the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, before commencing the importation. This move marks a significant development in cross-border cocoa trade, fostering collaboration between Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria.