Lome emerges as top transshipment port to Sahel region.
TOGO's Port of Lome has emerged as the top transshipment centre for goods coming and going to and from Sahel countries in the northern regions of West Africa, report Lome's Togo First new site
TOGO's Port of Lome has emerged as the top transshipment centre for goods coming and going to and from Sahel countries in the northern regions of West Africa, report Lome's Togo First new site.
Moreover, after moving up and down between 2013 and 2016, transit traffic with Niger, whose main partner port is Cotonou, Benin, has been rising steadily since 2017.
For Mali, from 2016, more than 100,000 tons of goods have been transiting through Lome every year despite that most of its goods pass through Dakar, Conakry and Abidjan.
Lome is above all a hub in terms of transshipping. Every year for the past four years, more than a million TEU containers are handled by the port before being sent to other ports across the region. This makes Lome the first container port in the Gulf of Guinea.
Last year, the platform recorded container traffic of 1,500,611 TEU containers and 76 per cent of this was transshipment compared to 34 per cent in 2013.
According to a recent publication of Lloyd's List, the port of Lome is the second-best container port in sub-Saharan Africa, after Durban in South Africa.
The port currently handles more than 2.85 million tons of goods destined to these countries. This is almost three times the volume it did in 2013 - 1.26 million tons or 60 per cent of the infrastructure's overall transit volumes then.
The improvement was driven mostly by activities with Burkina Faso, the leading partner of the port of Lome. Indeed, at the end of 2019, goods transiting to Togo's northern neighbour represented 77.7 per cent of the port??s transit volumes against less than 40 per cent seven years before.