Shipping to Angola

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Cut-off times

SERVICE POINT SERVICE LATEST PICK UP TIME FROM TERMINAL* LATEST PICK UP TIME FROM TERMINAL** ARRIVALS
Port of Luanda West Africa (Lisa Service) - South Bound 3 days after discharge date 30/60 days after discharge date Tue 18:00
Port of Luanda Luanda Express (unifeeder) - North Bound 3 days after discharge date 30/60 days after discharge date Every 10 days
Port of Luanda Indian Ocean Service - North Bound 3 days after discharge date 30/60 days after discharge date Once a week
Port of Lobito Luanda Express (unifeeder) - North Bound 0 days after discharge date 30/60 days after discharge date Every 10 days
Port of Namibe SAFWAF (breakbulk) - North Bound 2 days after discharge date 30/60 days after discharge date Twice a month

CARGO AVAILABILITY: Upon completion of vessel operation

  • Port of Luanda - From day 4 onwards the terminal will charge storage
  • Port of Lobito - From day 1 onwards the terminal will charge storage
  • Port of Namibe - From day 3 onwards the terminal will charge storage

Demurrage and Detention

The freetime is 15 calendar to be counted as of the day of discharge.  There are no holidays to be taken into account. Afterwards following rates are applicable:

Type Demurage & Det (16th to 30th day after free time) Demurage & Det (31st to 45th day after free time) Demurage & Det (45th day Onwards)
20’ Dry 25 USD/Day 50 USD/Day 100 USD/Day
40’ Dry 50 USD/Day 100 USD/Day 200 USD/Day

Reefers containers 

The freetime is 7 calendar to be counted as of the day of discharge.  There are no holidays to be taken into account. Afterwards following rates are applicable:

Type Demurage & Det (16th to 30th day after free time) Demurage & Det (31st to 45th day after free time) Demurage & Det (45th day Onwards)
20’ Reef 60 USD/Day 120 USD/Day 180 USD/Day
40’ Reef 120 USD/Day 240 USD/Day 360 USD/Day

Procedures

Import licence 

The import licence is a document issued by the Angolan government to the importer and is not mandatory in the manifest and/or the bill of lading, but is necessary for customs clearance in Angola. The import licence number is attributed to the consignee and is the sole responsibility of the consignee.

Inspection certificate from BIVAC or BUREAU VERITAS (also known as CRF) 

An inspection certificate must be issued by a Bureau Veritas or BIVAC agent in the origin country (for contact details of agents please contact your local Maersk Line office). The inspection must be done prior to loading of cargo. All costs related to the issuance of the inspection certificate are for the shipper, and the responsibility for obtaining the certificate is solely with the shipper.

The inspection certificate is necessary for customs clearance in Angola and fines which can range from 100% of the value of the cargo and upwards are given if a container arrives in Angola without the inspection certificate.

Loading certificate (also known as ARC / Waiver / CNCA certificate) 

Angolan law requires that all cargo purchased abroad for import to Angola has a loading certificate. The party administrating this law is the Angolan National Shipper's Council also referred to as CNCA (Conselho Nacional de Carregadores).

The loading certificate number (Waiver/ARC number/CNCA certificate) must be shown on all documentation related to the cargo shipped under that Loading certificate. The shipper and/or forwarder should provide the Loading certificate number to the ocean carrier at the loading port (Loading agent) for inclusion in the manifest and bill of lading.

The loading certificate must be obtained by the shipper/forwarder before loading the cargo, and it should be obtained from one of the CNCA agents around the world (for contact details of CNCA agents please contact your local Maersk Line office).

All costs and the sole responsibility related to the issuance of the loading certificate are with the shipper/forwarder.

No exceptions are made to the requirement of a loading certificate. All companies, customers, NGOs, embassies etc must obtain a Loading Certificate prior loading.

Non negotiable copy bill of lading 

Angolan customs require a non negotiable copy of bill of lading stamped good for clearing ("bom para despacho") by the shipping agent in Angola.

Regulations in Angola

  • If containers have not been taken out of the terminal within 10 days from date of discharge the terminal operator is allowed to move them to an inland depot (second line terminal), all additional costs will be charged to the importer by the terminal operator. 
  • If no customs process has been started within 60 days from date of discharge the Angolan customs authorities are allowed to sell cargo by auction. Prior to selling any cargo by auction the customs authorities must announce in the newspaper the container numbers and the name of the manifested importers.
  • If cargo has not been sold by auction, and after 90 days from date of discharge customs process has still not been commenced, the Angolan customs authorities are allowed to give the cargo to the Angolan army. This can be done without any prior announcement.

To see list of necessary documents for import in Angola please refer to Forms & certificates.

Restrictions

Restrictions Comments
Second hand cars and trucks All cars more than 3 years and trucks more than 5 years are not allowed for importation to Angola any longer.Effective 15 September 2010 (Presidential Decree no. 135/10 )
Acceptance Comments
Weight Limit Luanda: 35 MT gross weight. i.e. total cargo and container weight
Lobito: 31 MT gross weight. i.e. total cargo and container weight.
Namibe: 40 MT gross weight. i.e. total cargo and container weight.
OOG Only accepted after approval of dimensions. It is recommended that over height cargo does not exceed 2,90 meters.
IMO Luanda port: IMO cargo class 1 and 7 must only to be handled by direct delivery. IMO cargo class 5.1 can stay in the yard a maximum of 48 hours. Cost incurred due to delay in discharge will be charged to the customer. No restrictions for all other IMO cargo.
Namibe and Lobito port: All IMO cargo must only be handled by direct delivery. Written confirmation from Port is required. Please contact your Customer service agent to obtain confirmation.
Reefer Accepted in Luanda, Lobito and Namibe.
Special Equipment 45’ containers accepted. 45' trucks not available in the port, thus customer is required to arrange its own transportation.
Requirements Comments
B/L clause/ documentation Every Bill of landing has to be accompanied by a loading certificate/waiver: ARC number (Attestation de reservation de Calle) also known as CNCA (Conselho Nacional de Carregadores). This number must be indicated in the BL.
Special Customs requirement Effective from 17th August 2009Angolan Customs requires, for cargo release, presentation of Original Bill of Lading stamped by the carrier. No sea waybills are accepted for Customs clearance.
Other Comments
Freight collect Angola is a restricted pay at country. No BL's are to be billed as collect. Individual exceptions must be approved by ANGSALMNG or ANGFINMNG
Import procedures -Regarding vehicles cargo: The chassis number must be stated on the Bill of lading
-Please note all LCL cargo, containerized vehicles and cargo consigned to freight forwarders or shipping agents will be sent to Deconsolidation terminal upon arrival.
BL Manifest Please note any amendment of BL after submission of manifest to the Angolan customs authorities are subject to fines which must be settled in Angola before cargo release.
Contact
CUS ANGCSIGEN@maersk.com
SAL ANGSAL@maersk.com
IMPORTS ao.import@maersk.com

For restrictions on export cargo please see Export service restrictions.

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