Ghana's cocoa regulator Cocobod said port carriers had called off a week-long strike over pay and conditions and that exports from the world's second biggest grower could resume shortly.

Cocobod spokesman Noah Amenyah said the next load of cocoa had been due to leave docks on December 1 but added: Now that the strike is over the ships may push forward the loading dates. But I cannot confirm yet any new date.

It was not immediately possible to contact representatives of the port workers carrying out the industrial action.

Amenyah estimated around 31,000 tonnes of cocoa was currently stuck in the ports of Tema and Takoradi awaiting export.

Cocoa purchases declared to Cocobod for the season so far reached 219,255 tonnes by October 27, Cocobod said earlier this month.