Serving both Benin and Togo, the Port of Cotonou’s deep water port facilities were finished in 1965. Today, the port covers 400 thousand square meters, and its commercial quay contains four 155-meter berths, two 180-meter berths, one 220-meter berth for container vessels, and one berth for roll-on/roll-off cargoes.
A World Trade Indicators report recognized the Port of Cotonou as 2007’s third leading exporter in the region, largely due to growing re-exports to Nigeria. Major exports passing through the Port of Cotonou include kapok and cotton, and the major imports are cereals and gypsum for the agricultural and construction industries. Warehouses cover 57 thousand square meters and include a 65-thousand square meter container depot and a free zone for Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso.
The OT Africa Line (OTAL), one of West Africa’s leading shipping lines, has a terminal dedicated to handling containerized cargo. The terminal contains 7 thousand square meters of container space and container-handling equipment.
The Port of Cotonou is a major port serving Niger, Nigeria, Togo, and Burkina with imports like foodstuffs, consumer goods, and petroleum products. Agricultural exports leaving the port include cotton, kapok, and shea and cashew nuts.