ABIDJAN Oct 5 Ivory Coast cocoa exporters said
on Wednesday they had not received cocoa bean deliveries from
inland farms for several days because many buyers have been
temporarily blocked out of a booking system.
The 2016/17 cocoa season began last week and international
traders are keeping a close eye on port arrivals to gauge
supplies from the world's top grower.
"We have not received beans because the suppliers are not up
to date and therefore don't have system access," said an
Abidjan-based exporter, referring to the SYDORE booking system.
Exporters in the two main ports of San Pedro and Abidjan
said that the cleaning and drying of beans in preparation for
export had halted due to the lack of deliveries.
The Coffee and Cocoa Council (CCC) confirmed the
suspensions, saying that they were for failure to prove
compliance with tax regulations. A CCC official said it hoped to
have all buyers back in the system by month-end.
Some buyers said they have already met the regulatory
requirements, which existed in previous seasons but were not
strictly enforced, and expected to be able to resume activities
(Reporting by Ange Aboa; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by
Susan Fenton and Adrian Croft)