Shipping to Democratic Republic of Congo

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

Demurrage and Detention

The freetime is 32 calendar days, to be counted as of the day of vessel arrival.  There are no holidays to be taken into account. Afterwards following rates are applicable:

Type 1-14 days after freetime above 15 days
20’ 10 USD/Day 20 USD/Day
40’ 20 USD/Day 40 USD/Day

 

Reefers containers 

The free time is 17 calendar days, to be counted as of the day of vessel arrival.  There are no holidays to be taken into account. Afterwards following rates are applicable:

Type 1-14 days after freetime above 15 days
20’ 10 USD/Day 30 USD/Day
40’ 20 USD/Day 60 USD/Day

Procedures

New documentation requirement for drc 

All cargo arriving to and departing from DRC Cluster must be covered by below listed mandatory documents. These documents provide the relevant agencies with all information.

ECTN 

The ECTN is an Electronic Cargo Tracking Notice. The ECTN number is known as the NVU (Numéro Visa Unique) and must be mentioned on the Bill of Lading. 

The ECTN is provided by OGEFREM agents at the loading port. The list of agents can be found on the website www.ogefrem.com/liste-agents.pdf . The Congolese Control Office (the OCC) is charged with the control of the effective application of these measures at the arrival ports and the country borders of the DRC. The shipping line must ensure an ECTN is available before loading the cargo for Export. 

BIVAC 

BIVAC (Bureau Veritas Certificate of Inspection) 

OFIDA, the customs authority in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has issued a statement reminding all parties about the need for every import shipment to have a Bureau Veritas Certificate of Inspection (the so called BIVAC certificate). Carriers are requested not to accept any cargo without a valid BIVAC number, and in case of none compliance cargo will be returned to port of loading at the exporter's expense. For any further queries we advise you to contact your local office Bureau Veritas  or  http://www.bivac.com 

DOCUMENTATION 

Following above, below documents must be compulsory be collected and their numbers mentioned on the Bill of Lading.

BIVAC ECTN
DRC X X
CGO X

FINES 

In case any of the documentation is not in order upon arrival of the vessels at the Port of Discharge, the shipping line will be fined for non-compliance. Any fines, costs and consequences will be debited to the origin offices (pro rata if needed) immediately for recovery from the shippers. These costs can’t be recovered from importers. 

DROP OFF 

Empty containers can be returning to Matadi port or Kinshasa depot which is subject to drop off fees. 

Please contact drcsaldir@maersk.com for further information.

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