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MSC has been serving Tunisian market since 1998.

Today MSC is the only shipping company offering two weekly sailings for containerized goods.

We operate RORO vessels with fixed time of arrivals and departure to/from Rades Port: Wednesday for m/v Jolly Express and Friday for m/v MSC BRIDGE

Contact our  team to request a quote, book or find out more about our local services

MSC TUNISIA is the unique shipping agent of MSC in Tunisia. Our office is located in the Rades Port Authority Area.

Detention, demurrage, Per Diem and storage charges

What is detention and demurrages?

Demurrage and detention are be calculated by a fixed charge times the number of days the container was held for after the free period of 12 days.

Detention and demurrages in import are the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for not returning an empty container to MSC container yard.

Detention in export is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for not entering the container in the Marine Terminal.

What is Per Diem?
Per Diem is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, for the use of the carrier’s container (full or empty) outside the marine terminal, rail ramp or container yard.  

What are storage charges?

A storage charge is applicable, after the free time expires, for containers left inside the Marine Terminal at Rades Port. Storage charges have to be settled to the Stevedoring Company STAM.


SOLAS VGM information for Tunisia

What is VGM?

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. VGM weight of containers is performed by the local stevedoring company STAM inside Marine Terminal.

VGM has to be communicated to MSC agency before loading. No container can be loaded without 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
  • Container number
  • VGM + weight measurement unit 
  • Responsible Party Name
  • Digital signature of the authorised signatory in all CAPITAL LETTERS.

How can I submit my VGM instructions?

  • myMSC (Free of Charge) 

Prohibited cargo

It is illegal to bring the following items into or out of Tunisia

  • Tunisian Dinars
  • Objects of art and antiquity
  • Weapons other than authorized hunting weapons
  • Explosives
  • Narcotics
  • Counterfeits
  • Animals and plants threatened with extinction (within the framework of the "CITES" convention) such as the sea turtle, the chameleon...
  • Any product likely to harm morality, health and public safety.
  • Any product likely to endanger the security of the State.


  • Fixed and mobile telephones and satellite receivers
  • Plants and animals
  • Shotguns
  • Measuring and weighing instruments
  • Various used engines and spare parts for cars and motorcycles 

List of terminals 

Ports and terminals
MSC operates services to and from the Rades Port Terminal

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Last update: 2024-07-15T01:48:00