Angola: Port of Luanda has 45,000 containers waiting to clear customs

3 December 2008

Luanda, Angola, 3 Dec – About 45,000 containers with a range of goods have been awaiting customs clearance in the Port of Luanda for more than 60 days, the limit defined for completion of this process, the port’s management said Tuesday.

The problems relating to bottlenecks at the Port of Luanda were discussed at a meeting of representatives of importers and other bodies in the sector. Port management said companies are suffering financially. Because of the hold-ups in unloading freight, 35 ships with a total 270,000 tons of cargo are waiting to dock in the port.

Coca Cola, with at least 1,000 containers, is among Angola’s main importers with the biggest quantity of goods still to pass through customs, Port of Luanda board chairman Silvio Vinhas said. Besides Coca Cola, the other major companies with consignments stuck in customs are the Golfrate Group, Arosfram, Refriango, Cuca and Nosso Super.

Silvio Vinhas told companies involved and other interested parties that holdups are being caused by paperwork ended to process shipments, the customs process and inadequate equipment provided by terminal management to handle freight.

Luanda’s port receives on average 540 containers daily, but fails to process this amount of freight because large amounts of imported goods fail to clear customs within the stipulated time limit. (macauhub)