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Benin has a stable democracy that many African countries can only dream of, the political landscape is sound and society is calm. Despite this, Benin is underdeveloped economically and the former French colony is one of the poorest in the world. Bordered by Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Togo in West Africa, as well as having a small coastline with the Atlantic Ocean, the 43,484 square mile country has a rich and complex history that has included slavery and communism. Cotton continues to be the main economic export and accounts for around two-fifths of the country’s GDP whilst cashews, shea butter, textiles, palm products and seafood are also important goods. With an annual growth of around 5%, the future looks positive and courier costs to Benin continue to fall for sending an item across the 2,917 miles. Tourism also has potential here as the small nation boasts a decent infrastructure, natural beauty and wildlife parks, like the Parc National de la Pendjari, which plays host to everything from lions and cheetahs to leopards and elephants.
The city of Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin and covers 42 square miles on the south coast but it is the neighbouring economic centre of Cotonou that tops the charts for the largest city in the country. Other notable cities for delivery services in Benin include Abomey-Calavi, Djougou, Parakou, Bohicon, Kandi, Lokossa, Ouidah and Abomey. Despite having a population of near 11 million, postcodes aren’t used in the country but the infrastructure is better than most African countries. There is a railway from the coast through the country and there are more than 10 expressways with paved roads to connect all major towns and cities. For goods entering the country, there are a couple of large ports and the airport in Cotonou has a direct service with Paris, Brussels and Casablanca.
Sending parcels to West Africa is easy when you compare courier costs to Benin with My Parcel Delivery. With the MPD International Drop-Off service, you can send a parcel to the country from just £29.05 including VAT on a 3-5 day service after you’ve dropped it off at a local Hermes Parcelshop . For a speedier delivery, it is worth checking out the MPD International Export service. Here you can enjoy a 2-day service, with a UPS collection, from a starting price of £33.21 including VAT. [Prices correct as of 10/09/2015]