Sea freight to Angola still quite expensive

22 March 2010

Luanda, Angola, 22 March – Sea freight to import goods to Angola is quite expensive, due to the weak negotiating capacity of national importers, the director-general of the National Council of Loaders (CNC) said Friday in Luanda.

Francisco Agostinho Itembo, who was presenting the CNC website to economic agents and players involved in the goods import chain, advised importers to improve their negotiating techniques for sea freight in order to reduce import costs and, consequently, an outflow of foreign currency.

He also said that if freight was well-negotiated, that is according to the international standards for the sector, imported products could also reach consumers at a more accessible price.

He also said that currently shipping to Angola has seen a slight drop of around 13 percent, although it remained at around US$8,000 per 20 TEU container.

The CNC website provides information to the public at large and importers in particular about negotiating shipping and also provides information on the name, departure, expected arrival of ships and their location in the country’s ports.

It currently only provides information about the ports of Luanda and Lobito but in the long term it will also include information about the ports of Namibe, Cabinda and Soyo. (macauhub)