MSC, Your Partner in the Cocoa's Journey



If there is one product loved the world over and forever in favour, it’s chocolate. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The global market for cocoa is projected to grow around 1.5% between 2020-2025, reaching a volume of 4.5 million tons in 2025. Africa leads the world in cocoa production – with more than 70% of market share – and MSC is at the heart of it.

As a world leader in global container shipping, MSC prides itself on offering global service with local knowledge. MSC is the market leader for cocoa transportation, and with presence in over 40 countries on the continent, we aim to stay a leader. We have offices in some of the major cocoa producing countries – notably, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Uganda. The port of San Pedro in the Ivory Coast is the main harbour for cocoa exports – and MSC has its own terminal within the port.

Our global network enables intra-African trade as well as connection to trade centres all around the world. We connect the west Africa region to key cocoa export destinations in Europe, east Asia, and the US via frequent maritime connections, including direct departures to the main importing countries.

Through our offices around Africa, we bring key benefits to the table:

  • Dedicated teams with local knowledge and cocoa expertise
  • Tailored logistics solutions to the customers’ needs
  • Regular trade services
  • Fast and reliable transit times
  • 24/7 container availability
  • Our own terminals:
    • San Pedro (TSP - Terminal San Pedro), Ivory Coast
    • Lomé (Lomé Container Terminal), Togo
  • Our subsidiary MEDLOG for land transport and logistics activities

Our industry credibility and deep understanding of the needs and logistics required to transport cocoa make us the perfect partner. We understand the care required to maintain the quality of the cocoa beans after they leave the farm and work closely with all parties to ensure the commodity arrives in the best conditions possible. Every part of the voyage is critical – and our experienced teams work hard to guarantee the best service possible.

Our role is to be the partners you can trust. We’re proud of the role we have earned so far and look to continue down a path of excellence with cocoa. 

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