Shipping to Madagascar

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Demurrage and Detention

Standard Free time

Container Type DRY Reef Flat & Open Top
Days 12 7 7

Tariff after free time for DRY containers

Days after free time expiration 20’ DRY
per day
40’ dry
per day
45’ dry
per day
Day 1–8 EUR 13 EUR 26 EUR 35
Day 9-18 EUR 24 EUR 48 EUR 60
Day 19 + EUR 36 EUR 72 EUR 90

Tariff after free time for Reefer and special containers

Days after free time expiration 20’ REEF
per day
40’ REEF
per day
20’ special
per day
40’ special
per day
Day 1-5 EUR 27.5 EUR 55 EUR 27.5 EUR 55
Day 6-12 EUR 51 EUR 102 EUR 51 EUR 102
Day 13+ EUR 72 EUR 144 EUR 72 EUR 144


Import procedures (Customs formalities)

All goods shipped to Madagascar as from 1 April 2007, will be subject to the new Bordereau de Suivi des Cargaisons (BSC) or Cargo Tracking Note procedure. The BSC will replace the previous SGS Inspection Procedure and will have to be electronically submitted either by the exporter or by his forwarding agent before the goods have been shipped. The BSC web-based application is accessible at the following address

The Cargo Tracking Note (BSC) is a modern tool / web-based application allowing the monitoring of importations into Madagascar. This will enable authorities to obtain all necessary information on cargo traffic and generate real time statistics. The procedure has been designed to be as simple as possible.

The BSC registration can be done either online via the BSC hompage, or by contacting the BSC Technical Center in Madagascar (Immeuble Ariane A5 - Enceinte GALAXY - Andraharo - Phone. +261 20 2331097, Fax. +261 20 2321537, Email : (

Special Customs Requirements:

  • Cargo with a value over USD 1,000 is subject to SGS inspection at origin. Failing which, cargo cannot be customs cleared and will be returned to origin.
  • Customs Manifest Amendments are subject to fines ranging from USD 250 - 1250 per amendment request. Any fines to customs will be debited to the agency requesting the correction.
  • Split bill of lading NOT accepted in Madagascar. For more information, please contact (
  • With implementation of SYDONIA ++ (Customs Data Processing Systems), shipping agents are required to process house manifests on behalf of forwarders into SYDONIA ++. Therefore, all forwarders having groupage cargo on a particular vessel/voyage are required to submit their house manifests to carrier's agent prior vessel arrivals in any Malagasy ports for successful manifestation.
  • Split Bills of lading after cargo discharge in Madagascar is not allowed as local customs prohibits manifest amendments.



No acceptance in ALL Secondary ports.

OOG cargo only accepted to/from Toamasina, subject to our standard procedures.

IMO cargo accepted to/from Toamasina, subject to our standard procedures.

Break Bulk cargo acceptance remains limited to Toamasina and requires prior approval from the Management

Chilled reefers can, however still be accepted to/from Toamasina

Weight / Measurement:

Weight restrictions in Madagascar is described below:


Weight (Kgs, including tare/20')
Weight (Kgs, including tare/40')
Toamasina 32,000 32,000 


No acceptance of 45' containers in Madagascar.

Freight Collect acceptance:

Freight Collect is conditionally accepted in Madagascar and only upon approval from

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