While international carriers like OTAL are rejoicing at the new opportunities this opening up presents, French shipping companies, who enjoyed a virtual monopoly over the route are unlikely to share in the celebrations.
With this kind of coverage, OTAL is looking to take the freshly opened Francophone market by storm.
While OTAL has always been represented in France, to take maximum advantage of the changes, the company has reinvigorated its French interests.
OTAL manages several haulage operations inland of West Africa, and even when cargo is being moved by other lines or haulage firms using Through Bills of Lading (effectively giving the company global coverage), OTAL takes full responsibility for safe shipment and delivery; tracking every consignment at each stage of its transport, whether by air, sea, or land.
The optimum moisture content is about 7%," says Sven Persson at London based OTAL, which operates on the West Africa to Northern Europe route.
It's also important that local staff know how to use MAM bags properly, adds OTAL.
West and East African commodities are quite often bought by traders without any nominated destination for the cargo," says OTAL.