North of England Club has noted that, further to an announcement in January by Cote d’Ivoire that international vessels operating to or from Ivorian ports, loading or discharging goods, that bulk imports of the raw materials used in the manufacture of cement have been added to the list. The fee is fixed at 500 FCFA (US$0.85) per ton, and includes limestone, clinker, slag and gypsum.
On January 8th the country issued notice on their intention to collect fees from vessels that were engaged on international voyages and are loading or discharging at Ivorian ports.
The country’s Secretary of State of the Minister of Transports has issued a note to shipowners whose vessels call at Ivory Coast. It references the l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA) regulations relating to Rights of Maritime Traffic, which took effect on January 1st 2020.