Around 18,000 containers block up Port of Luanda

17 January 2007

Luanda, Angola, 17 Jan – Around 18,000 containers, both full and empty are currently blocking up the port of Luanda, creating serious problems in the process of unloading goods from ships and storing them, according to Angolan news agency Angop.

A source from the Angolan National Customs Directorate, cited by Angop, said that the back up at the port was leading to costs related to ships and containers staying longer than expected and had also slowed the stowage of containers and increased the cost of that process.

According to current legislation, goods that arrive in Angola by sea can only remain for 60 days at ports and 30 days at airports, and in the case of perishable goods this deadline is reduced to 13 days.

The Angolan finance minister, Pedro de Morais, and transport minister, Luís Brandão, have already ordered the heads of Customs and the Maritime and Port Institute to work with Luanda Port and related services to find a solution to the problem.

Some 300 containers arrive at Luanda port every day. (macauhub)