Cocoa shipments from
Spokesman for the
According to Reuters, the Cross Rivers State government introduced a levy of N5,000 per tonne of cocoa on exporters who ship beans through ports other than the state's Calabar seaport, which diminished its viability. Taxes on exports including cocoa are usually collected by the federal government.
"The levy came into being in 2011 but we went to court to challenge it and we got a judgment restraining the government from collecting the money," Ukwu said, noting that shipments will resume once the levy is cancelled.
Officials from the state government were not immediately available to comment.
Cocoa exports from
Ukwu said the logjam could affect output this season as farmers approach the main crop with export delays.
Cross Rivers is the second-largest grower with annual volumes of around 60,000 tonnes, in the world's fourth biggest cocoa producer.
The state aims to generate revenue through its seaport and compete with more established seaports in
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