Shipping to Benin

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Demurrage and Detention

Import

Demurrage Import Product Setup

Demurrage Calculation starts from discharge date

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 11 11 2  

Tariff after free time:

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF IMO Shipper’s owned
3 + (Reef)         30200 60400    
12 to 21 day (Dry/Spec) 4800 9600 9600 9600        
22 + (Dry/Spec) 8800 17600 17600 17600        

Freetime and tariff above are applicable to Demurrage alone.

Detention Import Product Setup

Detention Calculation starts from next day after gate out date

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 2 0 0 0

Tariff after free time for dry;

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF IMO Shipper’s owned
1+ days (Reef)         50000 50000    
3+ day (Dry) 6000 12000 12000 12000        

Demurrage Import Product Setup for Commodities

The commodities involved here are Palm Oil (000903) and Rice (001001).

Free time:

Type DRY Flat & Open top REEF IMO
Days 15 15 0 0

Tariff after free time:

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY 40’ / 40’hc 45’ DRY Flat & Open top 20’ REEF 40’ REEF IMO Shipper’s owned
16 to 21 day 4800 9600 9600 9600        
22+ day 8800 17600 17600 17600        
Tier Level 3                
Tier Level 4                

This is commodity specific freetime.

Freetime and tariff applies to demurrage alone.

Procedures

Thru Bill of Lading (TBL) to Niger

Inclusive (covered by our IHI tariff)

  • All standard formalities from discharge to delivery: Forwarding, Transit Clearance and Inland Haulage from Port to Inland Terminal/Customs Depot
  • FGR (Road Guarantee Fund/Tax) for a maximum CIF Cargo value of EUR 30.000 per Container for Benin
  • Insurance up to EUR 50.000 per container

Exclusive (not covered by our IHI tariff)

  • FGR for Benin (Road Guarantee Fund/Tax) for CIF Cargo if value exceeding EUR 30.000 per Container. 0.25% of CIF value is applicable to be collected from customer
  • FGR for Niger (0.25% of CIF value). Cost is debited to customer.
  • RSC (Redevance de Sécurisation des Corridors) for all cargo in transit in Benin : 0,5 % of cargo value to be collected from customer.
  • Used Vehicles only: Customs Charges of EUR 260/vehicle to be collected from customer.
  • Demurrage, and terminal Storage in port occurring as a result of late and/or incomplete documentation. See details as follows:
Type of charges/amount in XOF
1 EURO= 656 XOF
20'Dry 40'Dry OOG
Storage (If any) 982 xof /day/container from 09 days to 13 days 982 xof /day/container from 09 days to 13 days 982 xof /day/container from 09 days to 13 days
1,962 xof /day/container from 14 days to 18 days 1,962 xof /day/container from 14 days to 18 days 1,962 xof /day/container from 14 days to 18 days
3,925 xof /day/container from 19 days onwards 3,925 xof /day/container from 19 days onwards 3,925 xof /day/container from 19 days onwards
Demurrage (If any) 4,800 xof /day/container from 12 days to 21 days 9,600 xof /day/container from 12 days to 21 days 9,600 xof /day/container from 12 days to 21 days
8,800 xof /day/container from 22 days onwards 17,600 xof /day/container from 22 days onwards 17,600 xof /day/container from 22 days onwards
  • Container Detention and truck storage occurring at destination on account of consignee due late cargo removal. See details as follows:
Type of charges/amount in XOF
1 EURO= 656 XOF
20'Dry 40'Dry OOG
Detention 6,000 xof /day/container 12,000 xof/day/container 12,000 xof/day/container
Truck storage 20,000 xof /day/truck from 6 to 7 days 20,000 xof /day/truck from 6 to 7 days 20,000 xof /day/truck from 6 to 7 days
40,000 xof/day/truck from 8 days onwards 40,000 xof/day/truck from 8 days onwards 40,000 xof/day/truck from 8 days onwards
  • Border crossing formalities fees (Carnet de TRIE, Phytosanitary Certificate, Soniloga, Stamp); see details as follows:
Type of charges All type/size of container
Carnet de Trie Niamey :40000 xof per BL ; Agadez:171750 xof per BL ; Dosso: 40,000 xof per BL;Arlit:203750 xof per BL; Maradi: 103750 xof per BL; Tahoua:115750 xof per BL; Diffa:210750 xof per BL; Zinder:168750 xof per BL
Phyto sanitary certificate 500 xof per tonne
Soniloga 22,800 xof per vehicle
Stamp 25,000 xof per vehicle

Required Documentation for TBL

5. Commercial Invoice

6. Vehicle License for 2nd hand vehicles

7. Packing List

8. Import License for Pharmaceuticals

9. Benin and Niger ECTN(BESC in French)

10. Original B/Ls or Telex Release

Above documents must be delivered to Maersk Benin at least 7 days before vessel arrival by email to Leila, Leilatou.Sake@maersk.com with copy to FABRICE.KPESSOU.Agueh@maersk.com, Frederic.Keke@maersk.com, Ahmed.Orounla@maersk.com, Bienvenu.Orounla@maersk.com and Gilles.Togan@maersk.com;

Terms & Conditions

  • Delivery Terms are FOT (Free-on-Truck), any destination handling fee is payable by the consignee
  • Consignees are granted five (5) calendar days free time for truck to customs clear and unload cargo
  • Detention accrued on account of the consignee is required to be settled by the consignee prior to release
  • Cargo is transported to designated customs authorities depots/dry ports at the respective destinations
  • Cargo weight will be determined by weighting bridge. Any difference between weight bridge and documentation is subject to huge fines by authorities.

Restrictions

Cargoes

Charcoal is also banned for exportation. Shipper and Consignee are hold fully responsible and liable for any fraud to this regulation and all related fines and costs will be at their expenses. 

Regulation on Scrap Shipment

Benin Port Authorities (Port Autonome de Cotonou) implements a new regulation for all shipments of scrap to/from Cotonou.

Effective 6 August 2008, all shipments of any kind of scrap cargo should be submitted to the inspection of radioactive components and get the Certificate of Control of Risk (Certificat de Controle de risque) prior its loading/unloading at the Port of Cotonou. 

Cargo owner is accountable for the charges of the destruction of any "infected" cargo and all related costs, transport, surestaries, port storage, etc.

Email your local office

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