Loucoumane Coulibaly

Côte d’Ivoire frees customs officials to end strike

Côte d'Ivoire on Tuesday released three customs officials held over a toxic-waste scandal, ending a customs strike that briefly halted registration of cocoa exports days ahead of a new crop, officials said. ''The strike has been lifted. We have gone back to work. We have been informed that they have been released,'' a customs official told Reuters.

Côte d’Ivoire customs strike over toxic-waste case

Customs officials in Côte d'Ivoire began a strike on Tuesday to demand the release of three colleagues imprisoned over a toxic-waste scandal, preventing registration of cocoa shipments for export, an official said. ''Ships which already have their [customs] documents signed can leave [the port] but ships which will try to obtain them today [Tuesday] will be blocked,'' one customs officer said.

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