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MOC Tight-lipped Over Palm Oil Export In Nimba

By Solomon T. Gaye
Report leading to exportation of palm oil and cane juice from Liberia through borders in Loguatuo has left residents concern in Nimba County.
Speaking in Loguatuo, Toegor Suomie alleged that trucks carrying consignments of palm oil or cane juice from Liberia usually leave the town at night to cross to Ivory Coast side of the border.
According to the old man, people selling palm oil or cane juice usually bring in large quantities to sell it to the various companies’ representatives buying in Liberia.
“Every Friday evening, eight or nine trucks will cross the border to Ivory Coast side after buying palm oil or cane juice, but whether MOC or LRA is collecting revenue, nobody knows,” a concerned resident disclosed.
Madam Rodella Lamie alleged that consignees coming in to buy palm oil go through MOC and LRA offices to register with stipulated fees, but how much the trucks or consignees pay before crossing Ivory Coast side, nobody knows.
This is the second allegation against the Joint Security at the border in Loguatuo in less than three months in the county.
At the beginning of December 2023, the business community accused LRA checkpoint of collecting cash from travelers and business people in the name of tax, which has hampered cross-borders trades in that part of the country.
Since the pavement and reconditioning of the Loguatuo border road, Loguatuo port of entry has turned to a main transit point of business and a leading land port in Liberia where dozens of cargoes truck and commercial vehicles pour in daily for business purposes.

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