• Djibouti Signs New Container Terminal Deal

    Mar 7, 2018 — Djibouti’s Doraleh Container Terminal Management Company has signed a deal with Singapore-based Pacific International Lines to raise by a third the amount of cargo handled at the port, the country’s Ports and Zones Authority said on Tuesday. The agreement would allow it to handle an extra 300,000 20-foot equivalent unit containers (TEU) annually, the authority said.
  • The Future of Shipping in East Africa

    Mar 6, 2018 — The emerging markets of East Africa offer companies boundless possibilities, as technology, agriculture and natural resources fuel economic growth, in what will be one of the most prevalent emerging markets in a new phase of Globalisation. Africa will have six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies this year, according to the World Bank. All of this potential does not mean that trade is then presented on a silver platter to shippers and manufacturers.
  • Nigeria – Cargo Palletization and Form “M” Requirements

    Mar 5, 2018 — All containerized import cargo destined for Nigeria must be palletized. This new guideline is applicable for all Nigerian bound cargo departing from various origin ports as from the 1st of January 2018. In addition, Form "M" number must be reflected on Bills of Lading and Cargo Manifests for commercial goods.
  • Pirates Attack Two Ships in One Day off Nigeria

    Feb 28, 2018 — Armed pirates attacked two vessels in separate incidents on February 24 off the coast of Bonny Island, Nigeria, according to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
  • Cameroon: Operations to effectively start at Kribi deep water port soon

    Feb 22, 2018 — "We’ve come to Kribi for a large concertation between actors of external trade and to take initial steps towards the effective start of operations at Kribi deep-water port." These were the words of Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, minister of transport, at the end of a meeting organized in the city from February 15-16, 2018. It was organized to install the actors of the future port community.
  • Gridlock hurting business at Nigeria’s busiest port

    Feb 6, 2018 — Getting to and from Apapa — the catch-all name for Lagos’ two seaports of Apapa and Tin Can Island — has increasingly become a nightmare for pretty much everyone. Now, with the chronic traffic jams hurting business and no sign of any swift resolution to the problem, labour unrest is looming large on the horizon.
  • New regulation to import previously owned vehicles into Côte d'Ivoire

    Feb 1, 2018 — On 06 December 2017, the Ivorian Council of Ministers adopted a decree limiting the age of previously owned vehicles imported into Côte d'Ivoire. The age limit for imported previously owned cars is now five (05) years from the date of the vehicle’s first registration.
  • Nigeria: Maritime Workers Threaten to Shut Down Ports Nationwide in Seven Days

    Jan 29, 2018 — The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has threatened to withdraw all its members from the seaports nationwide if the federal government does not carry out emergency fixes on all access roads to ports, especially the Apapa port, by Monday, February 5.
  • East Africa Ports in Fresh Push to Attract Shipping Lines

    Jan 18, 2018 — Regional ports are banking on the development of infrastructure and the ease of cargo evacuation and delivery to remain competitive. With Dar-es-salaam and Mombasa ports charging almost the same rates, shippers say competition has shifted to how fluid the ports are and the speed at which goods are delivered to end users.
  • Freight service starts on Kenya’s standard gauge railway

    Jan 17, 2018 — The first rail freight service has been launched on Kenya’s 472km standard gauge railway between the capital of Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombassa.
  • Mandatory palletisation of shipments to Nigeria

    Jan 10, 2018 — AGS Nigeria would like to inform you that the government of Nigeria has approved a policy which requires that all containerised cargo destined for Nigeria must be palletised. Non-compliance will lead to severe cargo delays and additional costs. The Port and Customs authorities may request the non-containerised cargo to be taken back on board. This new policy is applicable to all Nigeria-bound cargo departing from various origin ports as of 01 January 2018. Any wood packaging material must be fumigated (ISPM 15), free from bark and bear the IPPC mark for the treatment.