Togo: Port of Lomé handled 30 million tonnes of goods in 2023

Monday, 19 February 2024 18:20
Togo: Port of Lomé handled 30 million tonnes of goods in 2023

(Togo First) - Last year, the port of Lomé handled around 30 million tonnes of goods. The figure was disclosed last week by the Togolese Minister of Maritime Economy, Edem Kokou Tengué. In 2022, the port had handled 29.7 million tonnes of goods.

In detail, goods imports stood at 8,912,225 tonnes in 2023, against 8,069,169 tonnes in 2022 (+10.45%). Exports reached 2,282,843 tonnes versus 1,657,324 tonnes in 2022 (+37.72%).

Transshipment volume stood at 18,890,485 tonnes in 2023, against 20,072,552 tonnes in 2022. From one year to the other, the figure fell by 6%. 

The number of ships received at the port reduced as well, from 1,662 in 2022 to 1,554 ships last year (-6.50%).

Minister Tengue said the data reflects "economic vigor", "despite a slight decline in transshipment". He then urged the port’s management to double down its efforts to improve the figures, notably through reform implementation. 

" It's time for our operational and commercial dynamism to intensify to remain competitive," Tengue said.

On the West African coast, Togo competes with various ports, notably the port of Abidjan (and its new container terminal) in Côte d’Ivoire, and the deepwater port of Lekki in Nigeria. 

Esaïe Edoh

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