As the main cocoa harvest begins, top origin faces port strike

Dockworkers are striking in the major exporting coastal city of San Pedro in Ivory Coast, disrupting the normal flow and loading of cocoa beans destined for markets around the world. Strikers are protesting for higher wages and have blocked roads used to transport cocoa [...]

Diverging cocoa arrival data confuses buyers

Four months into the West African main crop, cumulative tallies from both Ivory Coast and Ghana are telling two very different stories. Cocobod announced this past week that Ghana cocoa arrivals trailed last year by 44 percent, down nearly 300,000 MT year on year. [...]

Cocoa prices sink to five-month low despite lagging arrivals

The two main headlines for cocoa market this week appear to be pushing in contradictory directions. Cumulative arrivals in Ivory Coast continue to underperform last year’s pace, reaching some 670,000 MT through the end of November. This is down around 10 percent from last [...]

U.S. cocoa bean stocks climb with arrival of main crop

As we near the end of Q1, cocoa bean stocks in licensed U.S. warehouses continue to seasonally climb with the arrivals of more main-crop beans from West Africa. We are already 5 percent above last year’s levels at this time, and inventories should continue [...]

Cocoa arrivals revised lower for Q4 2020

After carrying higher numbers season-to-date, Bloomberg may revise its Ivory Coast arrival figures lower, closer to Reuters estimates. Through December, cumulative arrivals figures are now reported at 1.124 MMT for Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producing country. This adjustment nearly wipes out the 8 [...]

Updates on cocoa arrivals & weather for Ivory Coast

We estimate October-November Ivorian arrivals near 755,000 MT, up nearly 8% YOY. Ghana purchases may be below 300,000 MT, down about 9% YOY. As a result, total output for the period from the two countries may be near 1.05 MMT, up around 2% YOY. [...]

Cumulative cocoa arrivals continue to lag

Ivory Coast exporters estimated cocoa bean port arrivals down 6.5 percent YOY at around 1.85 MMT from October through May. This is a shortfall of nearly 100,000 MT from the previous season. Ghana Cocobod purchases have also fallen behind last year’s pace, adding to [...]

Ivory Coast & Ghana cocoa figures estimated lower at end of April

Amid largely bearish updates on grind, potentially lower grind growth in 2019/20 could be at least partly matched by smaller West African cocoa crops. From October through April, we estimate cocoa arrivals could be down around 3 percent YOY from arrivals a year prior [...]

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