Shipping to Cape Verde

Get up-to-date local information about export procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container drop-offs and more.

Demurrage and Detention

Demurrage - valid as from 01 July 2016

Freetime

Dry cargo 10 calendar days
Reefer cargo 7 calendar days

The Freetime starts on the same day that the container is discharged at the terminal.

Charges per calendar day after free-time


Day Amount (CVE)
20' dry 1 1200
40' dry 1 2400
20' reefer 1 2800
40' reefer 1 5600

Detention

Freetime

All equipment/cargo types Truck 3 calendar days

Rail 3 calendar days

Barge 3 calendar days

Charges per calendar day after free-time


Day Amount (CVE)
20' dry 1 1200
40' dry 1 2400
20' reefer 1 2800
40' reefer 1 5600

Restrictions

Commodities: No specific restrictions apply, except to hazardous cargo that falls within the Classes 1, 7 and 9. Hazardous cargo is subject to approval prior booking acceptance at origin.

Special Cargoes: Out of Gauge (OOG) cargo is only accepted after approval of dimensions. It is recommended that over height cargo does not exceed 2.90 meters in order to assure safe loading/discharge. No acceptance of LCL and/or Break Bulk cargoes.

Weight Limitations: As vessel operations are performed by the ship's gear, weight limitation is up to maximum 25 metric tons gross weight (cargo and container weight).

45' Containers: No acceptance of 45' containers in Cape Verde.

VGM Cut-off

The deadline to submit the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) details is 48 hours before the vessel arrival at the load port.

Port Name Service Deadline
Mindelo W9A 48 hours before vessel arrival at load port
Praia W9A 48 hours before vessel arrival at load port

As a general guidance, the VGM should be received by Maersk Line prior to the cargo gate cut-off, before loading containers on the vessel.

No container will be loaded on board on a vessel without VGM, resulting in cargo delivery delays. Additionally, potential demurrage and/or detention charges may apply when a container is sitting idle at the terminal awaiting for VGM submission.

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