"For the past ten years, this area has been growing so fast and it was an opportunity for Maersk Line to do good business and follow the growth," says Boubacar Ly, Maersk Line’s Africa sales manager in South China.
He is in charge of the 300,000 strong African community in Guangzhou, of which an estimated 50,000 are traders and merchants. Also Ly is Maersk Line’s focal for the African trades.
Diallo Mamadou Aissata, CEO of Korka International Trading, is one of the African traders. He welcomes customers from Africa to his showroom in Guangzhou, where they can buy any kind goods: clothes, electronics and general goods. Once chosen they are packed and stuffed into containers at the packing facilities. Aissata ships up to 75 containers in a good month.