Ivory Coast cocoa port arrivals up 15 pct by March 31: exporters

Workers arrange bags containing cocoa beans at a cocoa processing factory in Ile-Oluji village in Ondo state, southwest Nigeria March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – – Cocoa arrivals at ports in top grower Ivory Coast had reached around 1,403,000 tonnes by March 31 from the start of the season on Oct. 1, 2016, exporters estimated on Monday, up around 15 percent on the same period the previous season.

Exporters estimated that around 2,000 tonnes of beans were delivered to the port of Abidjan and another 6,000 tonnes to San Pedro between March 27 and March 31. That compares with 3,000 tonnes during the same period last season.

(Reporting by Ange Aboa; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg and Mark Potter)