Benin’s Bustling Used Car Business

Written by Ann Brown

From BBC

Cotonou’s bustling port is the lifeblood of the Beninese economy. Bags of cocoa and rice, as well as cotton, make up a substantial amount of the port’s traffic.

However, alongside these commodities, another precious cargo is being offloaded – used vehicles from Europe and the United States.

“Cars represent a very big portion of the activities of the harbour,” says Clement Godonou, operations manager for shipping company Grimaldi in Benin.

“Between 2010 and now, imports grew from 200,000 vehicles to 314,000 vehicles imported last year. It is an important growth in less than four years.”



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