Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) has today published its 2020 edition of the annual P for Plunder report, an overview report documenting Morocco’s trade of phosphate rock from occupied Western Sahara in the previous calendar year.
The report demonstrates that 19 vessels exported a total volume of 1,03 million tonnes of phosphate, worth an estimated US $90.4 million, out of the occupied territory in 2019.
Download the report here.
That is the lowest recorded amount ever. Compared to the previous calendar year, 2018, the exports have practically halved.
The massive reduction is mainly linked to the pulling out of Nutrien from Canada, which over the last years have imported around 50% of the controversial conflict mineral. Now that Western Sahara’s white gold is no longer exported to North America, only a handful of companies are still linked to the contentious trade.