YAOUNDE, Cameroon--Robusta coffee sold slightly higher at Cameroon's chief port of Douala, owing to tiny crop entry at the port, several exporters and traders told Dow Jones Newswires on Sunday.
A kilogram of the beans ready for export sold for 1,023 Central African francs ($1.86), up 2.6% from XAF997/kg the crop sold last week, according go figures released by the West African nation's cocoa and coffee board.
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The scarcity of robusta coffee faced by the Douala port has been triggered by days of transportation of goods to and from the port, after a road linking it to most coffee producing localities collapsed last weekend.
Movement of vehicles along the Yaounde-Douala highway was banned by the county's public works minister Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi shortly after the incident.
The Yaounde-Douala road is an important connection to the Douala port that is a gateway for at least 95% of goods entering and leaving Cameroon and the neighboring Central African Republic, Chad and Congo-Brazzaville.
"It's still hard to get coffee from the production areas to the port right now," said Joseph Achindu, a middleman trader supplying coffee to the port.
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September 24, 2017 10:10 ET (14:10 GMT)