Since the beginning of 2023, MSC has been helping its customers ship goods in and out of the DR Congo. From offices in Kinshasa and Matadi that cover the entire country, our 53 employees provide reliable and efficient services designed to meet the needs of a wide range of industries.
Agribusiness, building materials, mining and metallurgy, and packaging as a support industry are the main industries we serve. This allows MSC DRC to offer a wide range of shipping and logistics services.
Overall, MSC is a major player in the shipping and logistics industry in the DRC. The company's global reach, combined with its local expertise and experience, makes it a valuable partner for companies that rely on efficient and reliable shipping and logistics services.
SOLAS VGM information for DR Congo
Government approval status
The government position regarding the implementation of the verified gross mass (VGM) amendments in the SOLAS Convention has been defined in decree No. 59/MIT/DC/SGM/CTJ/PAC/CNCB/DMM/SA, dated 30 June 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, all marine and river terminals in DRC are now allowed to use their certified scales to record shipment VGM.
What do I need to include in my VGM instructions?
You must include the following on all VGM instructions:
Booking or Bill of Lading (BL) number
Shipper/Authorised Party’s signature
Shipper/Authorised Party's name
How submit my VGM instructions?
VGM instructions should be submitted on myMSC
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 DRC through his local agent AGL DRC’s customer service team
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
STD: +243 995 901 904/ 900 001 904
ECTN in Democratic Republic of Congo
The ECTN is an Electronic Cargo Tracking Notice. The ECTN number is known as the NVU (Numéro Visa Unique) or as the FERI Number (Fiche Electronique des Renseignements à l’Import) and must be mentioned on the Bill of Lading.
The ECTN is provided by OGEFREM agents at the loading port. The list of agents can be found on the website ogefrem.com/liste-agents.pdf . The Congolese Control Office (the OCC) is charged with the control of the effective application of these measures at the arrival ports and the country borders of the DRC. BIVAC (Bureau Veritas Certificate of Inspection)
OFIDA, the customs authority in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), has issued a statement reminding all parties about the need for every import shipment to have a Bureau Veritas Certificate of Inspection (the so called BIVAC certificate). Carriers are requested not to accept any cargo without a valid BIVAC number, and in case of none compliance cargo will be returned to port of loading at the exporter's expense. For any further queries we advise you to contact your local office Bureau Veritas.
Our Local partner AGL can assist you to process you ECTN for DRC. You can directly contact them through email : firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
STD: +243 995 901 904/ 900 001 904
The following are prohibited for both important and export are listed on following customs site:https://douane.gouv.cd/entreprises/commerce-international/produits-soumis-a-reglementation-particulieres-embargos/
Ports and terminals
MSC operates services to and from DRC West from One Port & Terminal named SCTP with the support of Logistics teams to assist our customers.
|Port of Loading||Terminal|
|Kinshasa||TCPK (River Port)|
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Last update: 2023-09-28T01:40:00