Reduced port commissions and taxes in Angola expected to increase foreign trade

22 May 2019

The halving of the fees charged by the Angolan National Shippers Council should result in increased imports and exports, said the president of the Association of Shipping Agents of Angola (AANA).

Mark Smulders, quoted by the Jornal de Angola newspaper, said that reducing the price of commissions is an important sign that will positively influence the export of domestically produced goods abroad.

The president of AANA recalled that the financial crisis had a negative impact on the Angolan market, with a significant reduction of imports and exports, and is now expects to see substantial recovery in the number of ships arriving in Angola, following the recent government decision.

An order issued by the Minister of Transport indicates that in addition to the 50% reduction in the fees charged by the CNC for issuing boarding certificates in import procedures, issuing export certificates for goods 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. (Macauhub)