The Angolan GAT (General Tax Administration, which includes Angolan Customs) has adopted a new ruling regarding release of containers/cargoes without original Bills of Lading.
The Angolan GAT (General Tax Administration, which includes Angolan Customs) has adopted a new ruling that allows the importers to obtain release of their containers/cargoes without need of presentation of original Bills of Lading (B/L) when these are delayed or blocked; timescale on this is yet to be confirmed.
This new regulation is allegedly adopted as a solution to the considerable shortage of hard currency the country is facing for more than 6 months already and generates important risks for of non-payment of your cargo price or L/Cs not being honoured. MSC is in position to stop some of the presently sailing containers in transhipment at the port of Las Palmas.
As a matter of urgency we kindly invite you to let us know whether:
You are still willing to have your cargo on-carried to destination, or
Whether you want MSC to stop the containers at the above mentioned ports, in which case this shall be done at your sole costs.
MSC regrets the inconvenience caused by this situation, which is beyond our control but have to confirm that it will not entertain any claim nor accept any liability whatsoever for release at destination without Bill of Lading at Angolan Port as a result of this new local mandatory requirements. MSC is currently seeking further guidance from our Angolan colleagues on this matter.
For further information please contact the West Africa Trade Department on 01473 277887.
Your MSC team.