Government approval status
The government position regarding the implementation of the verified gross mass (VGM) amendments in the SOLAS Convention has been defined 2016.
Verified gross mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified.
In line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations, Congo terminals is now allowed to use their certified scales to record shipment VGM, but the result must be validated by an accredited organization approved by the Local Maritime Authority (DIGEMAR).
What do I need to include in my VGM instructions?
You must include the following on all VGM instructions:
How submit my VGM instructions?
VGM instructions should be submitted through myMSC portal
Deadlines for sending VGM instructions
Instructions must be recorded before the vessel closing date, i.e. 72 hours before vessel arrival.
Admin fees and costs
Any cost or consequences caused by delay, misdeclaration or manual entry of VGM instructions is payable by shipper.
For more information, please contact the MSC Congo Republic customer service team
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Tel: +242 05 639 67 00
ECTN in Republic of Congo
ECTN must be included on OBL for all shipments destinated to Congo, it’s not compulsory to be mentioned on Cargo manifest. The ECTN is the abbreviation for Electronic Cargo Tracking Notice. The ECTN number is known as the NVU (Numéro Visa Unique) and must be mentioned on the Bill of Lading. The ECTN is mandatory both for export and import cargo. The Import ECTN must be arranged by the shipper through recognized website. The Export ECTN must be arranged at Pointe Noire CCC (Conseil Congolais des Chargeurs) head office by the local exporter. An approved ECTN can be corrected before arrival of the vessel at Pointe Noire.
The following are prohibited for both important and export
If in doubt regarding any commodity not listed above, please contact our Import/Export documentation Team: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Hazardous materials are strictly regulated by port Authority:
Find the list here
Ports and terminals
MSC operates services to and from Congo Republic with our stevedore teams serving as support to our customers.
|Port of Loading||Terminal 1|
|Pointe Noire||Congo Terminal
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Last update: 2023-11-28T02:45:00