Country requirement & restriction

Export service restriction

Weight restrictions

The maximum safe working load (SWL) acceptable for Liberia is 28 metric tons, i.e cargo plus tare weight of container.


45 ft containers are now accepted.
Reefer container exports are now accepted.
Less than Container Load (LCL) or Container Freight Station (CFS) cargo is currently not accepted for export.

Special cargos

Out of gauge (OOG), break bulk(B/B) and IMO cargo are subject to the standard Maersk Line approval procedures.

Bill of lading restrictions

As part of the U.S Customs 24 Hour Rule regulations, ' To the order of ' bills of lading are not accepted for shipments destined to the U.S or routed via U.S. Customs in U.S also does not accept commodity descriptions ' Freight all kinds' and General merchandise' nor the package type ' pallets'.

Export Restricted Goods

The following commodities are banned from export:

  • Unprocessed rubber latex and rubber lumps
  • Wild life animals classified as endangered species and their products e.g. elephant, monkey, zebra etc.

For timber export, appropriate documentation needs to be provided e.g. Clearance and export permit from the Forestry Development Agency (FDA), SGS certificate etc

Export procedures


Customers can request rates online see » Container rates or email to (


Customers can make booking(s) online see » Online Booking or send Email to ( ) for your booking(s). Once booking(s) has been confirmed, a release letter would be issued to customer to obtain containers from the container yard in the port.

Bill of Lading details

Once containers have been stuffed and returned full to the container yards, customers can submit shipping instruction(s) online see » Shipping Instruction or email to (

NOTE: Only registered customers can request rate(s), make booking(s) and/or submit shipping(s) instructions online. If you are not registered and would like to, please visit our website » and click on 'Register' (at the top right corner of the page).

Invoicing/Documents release

Once vessel has sailed/released and cargo is on board*, if local and/or freight charges settled, b/l can be released to shipper**

*There is a possibility of 'RECEIVED' b/l issuance

**Only at shipper demand can Obl/s be kept at our side or simply not issued, and a telex release sent to destination enabling consignee take possession of goods without presentation of Obl/s.

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