Port of Cotonou
The Autonomous Port of Cotonou (PAC) is the real lung of the national economy, with 90% of foreign trade and more than 60% of the country's GDP. With 8,000,000 tonnes of annual freight, it is the fourth port in West Africa after those of Lagos, Abidjan and Pointe-Noire (not in West Africa). Like many ports in the region, following a call for tenders, the PAC has been managed since August 2009 by the French group Bolloré through its subsidiary, Bolloré Africa Logistics, which has become the concessionaire of one of the most modern terminals. of the Cotonou Port built by the MCA-Benin program.
The PAC trades with Europe, North and South America and Asia, making Cotonou a "warehouse city" generating intense trade, handling and logistics activity.
It serves the countries of the hinterland, such as Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad. It is also the first transit port in Niger, a landlocked border country, particularly for the export of uranium mined in northern Niger by the world's leading civilian nuclear company, the French group Areva. In fact, even inside the port, there is a free zone at the disposal of the landlocked Sahelian countries.