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Cameroon’s Ports Handled 7.5% More Traffic Last Year

Cameroon’s ports handled 7.5 percent more goods in 2010 than the previous year, the National Ports Authority said.

Traffic rose to 7.9 million metric tons from 7.3 million tons, almost all of it passing through the main port of Douala, the authority said in a statement handed to reporters today in Yaounde, the West African nation’s capital.

Imports represented 73 percent of the total traffic. The Central African nation imported 1.7 million tons of food products in 2010 and 1.3 million tons of metal products, including construction materials and heavy duty engines, the report said. Major exports included 1.2 million tons of timber and 612,000 tons of agricultural products, it said.

About 45 percent of transactions were with three neighboring countries, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo and Chad.

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