Shipping to and from Benin

Your complete guide to shipping to and from Benin. Find the right route, get Maersk office locations, discover local solutions, payment options and more.

COVID-19 Operational status

Due to COVID-19, key elements of your supply chain like warehousing, terminal or customs operations might suffer disruption. In order to react to any change we are capturing and updating daily the latest operational status for each country.

COVID-19 Operational status (updated 21-05-2020)

Operation Market Status Maersk Operational Status
Operation
General status
Market Status
  • Impact on Supply chain still marginal as only people movement accross some main towns is removed as from 11th May.
  • People are asked to wear face mask any time they go out; Goods movement still allowed.
  • School are open from 12th May.
Maersk Operational Status
Operation
Counter open
Market Status
Open as normal
Maersk Operational Status
  • We have a drop box available in the customer waiting area to collect OBL, except that all other request are moved online and there is no Customer Service agent seating at the counter.
  • As far as Export is concerned we keep releasing some OBL to customers insisting but we are sensitizing customers to use telex or waybill.
Operation
Ocean carrier status
Market Status
Business impacted
Maersk Operational Status
There is no restriction on vessel movement and operations are ongoing as normal, however client are experiencing higher turn time due to connection issues in the country.
Operation
Reefer booking acceptance
Market Status
Business as usual
Maersk Operational Status
Operation
Terminal status
Market Status
All terminals operating as usual
Maersk Operational Status
Terminal operations are ongoing as normal
Operation
Customs authorities
Market Status
Open
Maersk Operational Status
Operation
Warehousing
Market Status
All warehouses operating as usual
Maersk Operational Status
Warehousing not experiencing negative impact for now; instead we forsee warehousing business opportunities in the coming weeks because destinations are in total lockdown mode and exporters might need to stock goods in warehouse until situation get back to normal.
Operation
Inland container yards
Market Status
Open
Maersk Operational Status
Operation
Inland trucking
Market Status
Restrictions on certain corridors
Maersk Operational Status
Inland trucking activities not impacted for the moment but due to enhanced control as from 30th March, some trucking operations can be delayed.
Operation
Rail transport
Market Status
Maersk Operational Status
Operation
Barge shipment
Market Status
Maersk Operational Status
Operation
Air freight
Market Status
Restrictions from/to certain destinations
Maersk Operational Status
Limited flights but no ban on cargo

Local information

Port
Cotonou
Address
Cotonou, Benin
Telephone
+229 21315280
Opening hours

We have been connecting Beninese businesses with key global markets since 1991.

Whether you need to import or export machinery, refrigerated cargo or standard container shipments, our teams of specialists are dedicated to ensuring you have the optimal transport solution. We provided regular connections to and from Cotonou. From here, the rest of the world is just a short hop away with our vast ocean fleet.

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