Government of Angola reduces import and export costs at ports

20 May 2019

The commissions charged by the Angolan National Shippers Council (CNC) for services rendered in the maritime-port sub-sector have been reduced by half by a decision of the Angolan government, through an order of the Minister of Transport.

The order establishes that in addition to the 50% reduction in the fees charged by the CNC for issuing licenses in import procedures, the issue of export certificates for goods destined for export is exempt from any payment.

The same document reduces the Port Use Rate (TUP) charged on the cargo for export by 15%, and a payment of a maximum fee equivalent to US$40 (50% less) to weigh full containers for shipment (Verified Gross Mass), under the terms set out in the SOLAS Convention.

The National Shippers Council charged US$100 in commissions for issuing import and export shipment certificates and in TUP importers paid US$280 for 20-foot containers and US$560 for 40-foot containers, according to state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

The order from the Transport Minister said that the decision comes in response to the concerns presented in November 2018 by the representatives of the country’s business associations, which asked for adjustments in the commissions charged for maritime traffic rights.

These measures, the document said, will make it possible to harmonise the fundamental interests of the State with those involved in international trade and shipping operations, as well as to improve the business environment. (Macauhub)