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The government of Benin’s imposition of a duty regime targeted at goods from Anglophone West Africa has forced Ghana to petition the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Ghana in its petition argues that the duty regime has presented an unfair advantage to companies operating from Francophone West Africa that still benefited from duty and quota-free on exports in Benin.

The duty regime took effect seven months ago. The move has also forced Ghanaian manufacturers dealing with plastic pipes, paints, aluminium products, cooking oil, among other products to halt exports to the Benin market until further notice.

According to reports by a local daily, the affected manufacturers, led by the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) reported the situation to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MoFARI).

Reports further indicate that Ghana petitioned the ECOWAS Commission for …