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Ghana’s maritime trade rises to 4.85 million tonnes in 2012 second quarter

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Ghana’s sea ports trade in the second-quarter of 2012 rose to 4.85 million tonnes from 4.36 million tonnes, an increase of 11%.

During the period, Ghana’s total import was 3.34 million tonnes, while total exports amounted to 1.18 million tonnes, according to industry regulator Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) data obtained by ghanabusinessnews.com.

The country’s port of Tema handled over 3.84 million tonnes of trade, and the Takoradi port handled 1.01 million tonnes.

The Authority said majority of imports into Ghana came from the Far East range, followed by the North Continent, Mediterranean range, North America and United Kingdom respectively.

Imported items during the period included processed food and beverages, machinery and equipment, iron, steel, pipes, grains, fertilizer, cement, clinker, petroleum products and crude oil.

By Michael Sarpong Bruce

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