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Restrictions Comments Export Comments
Cargo commodities It is strictly forbidden to import into republic of Congo following products; Dairy product from china; pork chops; chops shaved and peeled; tail turkey; Chicken feet; meat with high fat portion; Eggs carry in dry containers. Government policy None Known None Known
Freight Collect acceptance We are no longer accepting freight collect shipment to Pointe Noire except for customers into below list. Please note that this exception is only for Maersk Line shipments:
No SCV Code Customer name
1 20800018289 SOCIETE S&M
2 20800019676 STE SOLANGE&MONGO(S&M)
3 20800019864 S&M STE SOLANGE MONGO
4 20800020056 SOCIETE SOLANGE MONGO(S&M)
5 20800018005 S&M SERVICES
6 20800015183 SOCIETE RACINE
7 20800019454 SOCIETE RACINE SARLI
8 20800015469 STE RACINE SARLU
9 20800018887 B E SERVICE
10 20800019317 B E SERVICES
12 20800018123 SOCIETE BE SERVICES
13 20800015706 ARL ALPHA TRADING
14 20800016984 STE ALPHA TRADING
15 20800018689 GEPAM
16 20800007488 SOCIETE SICA
17 20800012363 SICA
18 20800017654 STE SICA
19 20800004396 SICA
20 20800006506 EDZATA RIGOBERT
21 20800020167 EST MAM
22 20800006068 ETS MAMS
23 20800021850 SAHEL TRANS BAT
24 20800018115 PREVALOIR BUSNESS SERVICES PBS
25 20800015620 ALPHA TRADING
26 20800015545 TSANKO
27 20800021069 SOCIETE LIMEX-SARL COMPTOIRE D’ACHAT
28 20800021164 SOCIETE LIMEX SARL
29 20800020845 SOCIETE ANB
Cargo description Re-export It is forbidden to present as a unit in the manifest multiple packages sealed together in any way whatsoever. Always itemize piece count of each type of cargo:Constructional material for instance stands for 10 shovels, 20 hammers, and 40 wheel barrows. This the unique way of describing cargo to avoid customs fine to clients 1. Re-export is now forbidden by local customs authorities in republic of Congo. So, all re-export request are systematically rejected and no way to proceed otherwise. Once cargo discharged at Pointe Noire, customer must clear his cargo in republic of Congo. Government policy None Known None Known
Cargo in transit For all import cargo to Pointe Noire for which transit clause is updated on the body of the BL “Cargo in transit to….”, GCSS field “cargo destination” must be updated with final cargo destination place. GCSS field “cargo destination” has been identified as one that can carry the final destination point to SAP. This is required in SAP as a differentiator between a normal import and in transit. Shipments in transit need to be identified in SAP as these are VAT exempt while normal import is taxable.
Import Local Charges Documentation Fee Destination (CFA 18750) is compulsory to be updated on COLLECT payment term and payable at Destination for shipment reading Final Discharge port / Place of Delivery: Pointe Noire, Congo
Acceptance Comments Export Comments
Weight Limit for all As per payload Equipment maximum payload is :
Container Type Payload
20 FT DRY 30mt
40 FT DRY 40mt
40HC DRY 32.5mt
20 DRY DRY 30mt
40DRY DRY 30mt
The tare is not included.
As per payload Equipment maximum payload:
Container Type Payload
20 FT DRY 30mt
40 FT DRY 40mt
40HC DRY 32.5mt
20 DRY DRY 30mt
40DRY DRY 30mt
The tare is not included.
specifically for 20' As per payload
specifically for 40' As per payload
specifically for 45' Not accepted N Not accepted
B/B N
OOG Y
IMO Dangerous cargoes IMO classes 1.1 / 1.4 are subject to a surcharge of IMO billed Euro 150 per day, per TC by the terminal. Y Dangerous cargoes IMO classes 1.1 / 1.4 are subject to a surcharge of IMO billed Euro 150 per day, per TC by the terminal.
Reefer Y
Cross Booking Y
Special Equipment Y
Inland Haulage Y
Requirements Export
B/L clause/ documentation "Goods in transit to Brazzaville on merchant haulage base" if the cargo receiver is located in Brazzaville "Goods in transit to Cabinda on merchant haulage base" if the cargo receiver is located in Cabinda
Special Customs requirement Unique Registration Number(URN) the only valid number which will appear from now on is the URN (Unique Registration Number), issued after payment (ECTN validation) by the shipper/forwarder during either import or export. The URN number will only be available after ECTN validation and must be mentioned in both the Bill of Lading and Manifest.it's mandatory to update URN in shipment reference field in GCSS. Please click on below to find list of Agent that are entitle to deliver URN Unique Registration Number (URN) number must be mentioned in the body of the the BL
Shipper’s reference The Shipper is fully responsible for ensuring the ECTN number and COTECNA are on the TDI, however we can accept cargo if ECTN (BESC) /COTECNA is not submitted but shipper to take responsibility for all fines and additional costs at destination and Maersk Line are not to be held liable for any extra cost relating to this.
Other Comments Export Comments
Parties
Maersk CONGO cannot guarantee that the Congolese Customs will accept any amendments made to the Manifest after the first copy is submitted. That is why it is always requested to specify the kind of amendment before proceeding, as there are some which aren't acceptable after cargo manifest submission such as : change of consignee name; change of cargo description; and so on. Besides, Manifest submission is 2 days before vessel arrival and in order for a manifest amendment to be done, Customers and /or origin desk need prior approval from the destination office. Change of consignee name or notify party name is strictly forbidden in republic of Congo by local customs authorities once import cargo manifest is already submitted.
Type any other necessary information IMO 1,5 and 7 need immediate evacuation
PartiesShipper Own containerCommunication matrix
For straight BL issuance, Notify party is not mandatory but
the field in GCSS must be updated with 'Same as Consignee'.It must not be left blank. If ‘To Order’, Notify party must be updated. In both cases, the doc address details must include complete details of customer including phone number, email ID and final country of deliveryTpdocs Amendment:Maersk CONGO cannot guarantee that the Congolese Customs will accept any amendments made to the Manifest after the first copy is submitted. That is why it is always requested to specify the kind of amendment before proceeding, as there are some which aren't acceptable after cargo manifest submission such as : change of consignee name; change of cargo description; and so on. Besides, Manifest submission is 2 days before vessel arrival and in order for a manifest amendment to be done, Customers and /or origin desk need prior approval from the destination office. Change of consignee name or notify party name is strictly forbidden in republic of Congo by local customs authorities once import cargo manifest is already submitted.Longstanding cargoCargo should be picked up at the earliest because Demurrage and Storage increase daily. Standard free time for demurrage is 11 days for dry containers and 5 days for reefer ones; free time for terminal storage is 11 days after discharging date. Cargo is systematically transferred into customs warehouse after 1 month (30 days) from discharge date. We kindly remind everybody that as per CONGO Customs rule; reef cargo not cleared after 3 months (90 days) from discharge will be seized and auctioned. Dry cargo not cleared after 6 months (180 days) from discharge will be seized and auctioned. In such extreme case we will request any outstanding from the Merchant. In accordance with Maersk Line's Bill of Lading terms, the Merchant is defined as the Shipper, Holder, Consignee or Receiver of the Goods, and any Person owning or entitled to the possession of the Goods or of the Bill of Lading, or acting on behalf of such Person. In case we are not able to recover our outstanding charges our only alternative left will be to recover same from shipper who is ultimately responsible of the shipment.Cargo weight measurementCargo weight measurement for all import and export cargo to and from republic of Congo must be in kilogram (KG).
SOC unit is considered as goods by locales customs authorities in Pointe noire, Republic of Congo. Mention “shipper own container” must be updated on the body of the bill of lading for all cargo to Pointe noire. Besides when it is about SOC units, booking offices must always mark and specify them in GCSS so that cargo manifests reflects the same thing. So, for all import of SOC unit to Pointe noire, tare weight and unit as package must be added in the system by booking office before submission of import cargo manifest to customs authorities. Booking office has to specify the same on cargo description field of cargo manifest the tare weight added for each container we request all booking offices to advise their customers accordingly
Imports: CG.IMPORT@SAFMARINE.COM Manifest related: Counter related queries: Michael.Moundzia@safmarine.com
Exports:
TELEX RELEASE For all shipment reading Place of Delivery or final discharge port Pointe Noire, Congo whenever a TELEX RELEASE is applied, the Maersk Office who is applying a telex release on a shipment must ensure “Lawfull B/L holder” & “Release To” party are specified in GCSS and an EMAIL must be sent to CGOCSIDIR@maersk.com informing on the same. The “Electronic Cargo Release Service” fee CFA 50000 will be charged to the consignee or the release to party.
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