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Oct 18

ECTN-BESC FOR BENIN

By Godfrey | Blog

Cotonou, Benin | October 18, 2017

Commencement of Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) activities by the Port Autonome de Cotonou

The Director General of AUTONOMOUS PORT OF COTONOU under the MINISTRY OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT of REPUBLIC OF BENIN has issued a General Direction CircularN° 2540/17/PAC/DG/DGA/SG/DSI/DEP/DCM/DFC/SPRMP on commencement of Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN/BESC) activities by the Port Autonome de Cotonou

 The letter notifies the Shipowners, Shippers, Carriers, Forwarders, Consignees, Stevedores and all other users of the Port of Cotonou (PAC) to take note that, as of Wednesday, the 1st of November, 2017, the Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN/BESC) will take effect with the following conditions:

ECTN PROCEDURES:

■ The shippers through their representatives are obliged to establish an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note and have it validated for all cargo loaded or discharged in the Port of Cotonou;

■ Every maritime Bill of Lading (BL) or document for multimodal transport needs to covered by an Electronic Cargo Tracking Note;

■ The creation request of an ECTN must be submitted, paid, and validated within five (5) working days following the departure of the vessel.

PENALTIES

Cargo loaded without an ECTN/BESC constitutes an infringement on the regulations, which results in not only in the payment of the ECTN/BESC fee plus a 50% but also a PUNITIVE penalty to the concerning party. The rate of this penalty equals the fixed amount per load unit in accordance with the tariffs.

MANDATORY DOCUMENT FOR THE APPLICATION OF THE ECTN

– Copy of BL

– Copy of commercial invoice

– Copy of invoice of maritime freight

– Copy of grey card / pink slip for vehicles

– Copy of export declaration

– Copy of packing list

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Feb 07

SHIPPING TO CONFLICT ZONES

By Godfrey | Uncategorized

Mombasa, Kenya | February 02, 2017

Mission and relief Cargo-2Over the years some parts of Africa have been engulfed in civil wars, secessionist and separatist conflicts with major episodes of national violence, riots, massacres etc. This acts of impunity has left over 9 million fleeing their homes and internally displaced people with the most vulnerable – young, old, sick and women left to fend for themselves.

In a bid to avert more suffering and deaths, the international communities, non-governmental organizations, and other well-wishers have worked hard to ensure that aid reaches to the affected areas.
Logistics has proved to be a major challenge in movement of the mission, relief and aid cargo shipments to the conflict zones. The shipper who mostly are located in the cargo country of origin have no or little knowledge of the conflict areas where the cargo has to be shipped to.
Other challenges faced are cargo safety and security concerns; geographical knowledge of the cargo delivery areas; poor road network and infrastructure; cumbersome port documentation processes with the customs, dealing with different regimes at destination have proved to be more difficult. Adding to this is finding a trusted and reliable Mission and relief Cargoservice provider to ensure the smooth flow of your cargo.
Most cargo in some instances have ended up in the local market instead of the intended final destination. In some cases, the shippers have been lured by very low-priced rates, which eventually become much expensive once the cargo arrives at the port of discharge and documents handed over. The providers come up with other hidden charges which initially were not part of the initial offered rate.

At Africa Shipping Logistics, we understand these challenges faced by many shippers and have strived to ensure that our clients do not have to worry about their cargo while on transit. This kind of cargo requires efficiency and effectiveness in delivery without hindrance of the cargo smooth flow while on transit to the final destination.

We arrange and plan for the cargo movement from shipper’s door step to the final end destination, thus leaving the shipper free of the headaches and worries of their cargo.

Our qualified and experience personnel, ensures that the cargo is processed through customs from the port loading, discharge and various border points depending with the hinterlands destination without much delay. We also provide our clients with a direct contact person to ensure that they stay updated on the cargo movement while on transit.

Our executives always work hand in hand with the client, guiding them on all the formalities and processes involved from the arrangement, planning and advent loading of cargo at the country of origin. We also offer free logistics advice and consultancy to our clients on the cargo movement.

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Dec 12

Maersk Line Strategic Cooperation set to dominate Container trade

By Godfrey | Uncategorized

Maerskline – Copenhagen | 11 December 2016

Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) today announced a new strategic cooperation.

Maersk MC Kinley Moller

Maersk MC-Kinley Moller, on her first maiden voyage to Gwangyang port, South Korea on July 17, 2013. Picture by Jeong Seungjae


The cooperation is a combination of slot exchanges and slot purchases between the three parties, as well as Maersk Line and MSC taking over a number of charters and operations of vessels currently chartered to HMM. The cooperation is outside the scope of MSC and Maersk Line’s 2M vessel sharing agreement, however, will provide HMM access to the 2M network. For Maersk Line the cooperation will provide new opportunities, not least in the Transpacific trade where 2M gets access to strong HMM products.

“We are pleased to enter into this strategic cooperation with Hyundai Merchant Marine, Korea’s leading container carrier. It will enable us to enhance our 2M network and presence in the important Transpacific trade. We look forward to leveraging these new opportunities to the benefit of our customers,” says Søren Toft, Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Line.

The agreement is scheduled to begin in April 2017 subject to regulatory approval. The initial term of the cooperation is three years with option to extend and covers key East-West trades. The parties expect to disclose more information about network changes and schedules in early 2017.

Nov 25

India set to bolster her Commercial Shipping Trade

By Godfrey | Blog

ET – New Delhi | November 25, 2016

The government of India is planning to develop a number of new and small ports for commercial shipping transportation, to bolster its trade according to the Ministry of Shipping circular.

Based on the traffic and cargo scenario of the country’s 12 Major Ports, a master plan has been prepared for expansion of port capacity, which includes a number of new ports.

Namely, it is understood that India’s Kolkata Port proposed the development of a port at Sagar Island, West Bengal, in an effort to reduce the constraints including long river navigation, available draft navigation due to persistent siltation and high dredging cost. Projected traffic is to be around 3.5 million tons per annum in 2020 increasing to around 27 million tons in 2035.

The cost of the first phase of the Sagar Island port is pegged at $314Millions. Enayam Port is expected to generate income of $246Millions per annum by the year 2020. Its first phase will cost $1.409 Billion, while the total project cost is pegged $5.912 Billion.

Additionally, V. O. Chidambaranar Port proposed the construction of a port in Enayam near Colachel, Tamil Nadu. Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the site is currently under preparation and the first container berth in Phase-I is expected to be operational by December 2020.

Furthermore, Paradip Port Trust suggested the development of Paradip Outer Harbour in Odisha, which would increase the port’s capacity from from 140 to 250 million tons per annum by 2020.

Techno-Economic Feasibility Report (TEFR) for the Paradip Outer Harbour upgrade has been prepared and a Detailed Project Report (DPR) is expected to be completed by the end of May 2017

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Nov 22

New Marine Cargo Insurance rule on Import Cargo to curb expatriation of $4.89Billions from East African economies

By Godfrey | Blog

Nairobi, Kenya | November 21, 2016,

ASL-truck sThe East African economies have been losing billions of dollars annually in form of Marine Cargo Insurance (MCI) premiums, which are being repatriated to foreign insurance underwriters. The regional shipping body Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping (ISCOS) has attributed this trend to lack of proper knowledge by shippers and poor implementation of the existing state laws.

Kenya and Uganda have been losing More than $170M and $90M respectively to foreign insurance firms in form of Insurance premiums.

In the region, Kenya is setting up pace following the Kenya National Treasury’s directive to cargo importers requiring that all imports to Kenya be insured by Kenyan underwriters’ insurers with effect from January 1, 2017.

Permanent secretaries of the Ministries of Transport and Trade in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia met in the Port City of Mombasa where they directed ISCOS to spearhead the Marine Cargo Insurance initiative in all the member states.

The Regional Shipping body, ISCOS has already held various meetings with the Insurance authorities from the member states in a bid to work on modalities for the implementation of the policy directives when it comes into force.

The policy directive from ISCOS’ coordination committee gives it impetus to drive to on-shore MCI in the region, with a projected annual savings and retention of Millions of dollars in ISCOS member states’ economies.

According to ISCOS, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia, exported marine insurance premiums worth more than $ 4.89 billion between 2009 and 2013.

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May 14

Tanzania’s new air cargo terminal to handle more than 80,000 tons near completion!

By Godfrey | Blog

Dar Es Salaam | May 14,2016

Tanzania is constructing a state-of-the-art Air cargo terminal one of its kind in Africa, which is set to be completed at the end of this month (May).

The US$ 13m new terminal will have a capacity of handling 80,000 tonnes, will be the first that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) for ease of cargo identification. RFID cuts down tracking process and time from the previous 30 minutes to merely a few minutes. The new cargo facility will be able to automatically sort small parcels of less than 50 kilogrammes and put them into special racks that will eventually make handling and delivery easier and faster.

julius-nyerere-airport-terminal-3

Currently the biggest airline landing at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar Es Salaam Tanzania delivers only 15 tonnes. The new cargo facility will have special cargo areas for live cargoes; dangerous goods; human remains; pharmaceutical; a strong room and cold storage facilities with a temperature controlled range of between -20 and 8 degree Celsius.

julius-nyerere-airport-terminal-3bThe new cargo terminal will have an ample space to allow more cargo agents process cargo documents with customs more effectively. The facility is also a multipurpose building constituting of banking and business facilities; Customs offices; training centre; airline cargo offices; Customs brokerage and forwarding agent offices.

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May 01

$5.2 BILLION RAILWAY PROJECT TO EASE INLAND HAULAGE COST FROM TANZANIA, RWANDA AND BURUNDI

By Godfrey | Uncategorized

The New Times, Dar Es Salaam | 30Th April, 2016

The Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) standard gauge railway (SGR) project is progressing well, an official said. Eng. Jules Ndenga, the acting special project implementation unit coordinator at the Ministry of Infrastructure, said this following a recent joint technical monitoring committee meeting in Arusha, Tanzania.

“Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda are continuing the joint development of the DIKKM railway project. The recent meeting in Arusha was a joint technical meeting aimed at extending the contract for the transaction advisory services that had expired on December 31, 2015,” Eng. Ndenga told The New Times last week from Kampala, Uganda. The extension of services being processed will end this month.

The Arusha meeting, which was attended by officials from various entities, including finance, environment and land departments from the three countries agreed on the contract terms and conditions and the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA), will procure it on behalf of the three countries.

Eight firms have been prequalified to bid for the construction of the standard gauge railway to link the port of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Rwanda and Burundi as the region seeks to lower transport costs.

Details of prequalified firms to finance, design, build and operate the proposed 1,665km long railway are however scanty. The project will cost about $7.6 billion, making it one of the East African Community’s biggest railway project. “I cannot name the firms that have been prequalified. But about 60 per cent are from China,” said Imbuchi Onyango, a technical expert on railways at the East African Community Secretariat.

MAP OF NEW RAILWAY ALIGNMENT source AfDB, 2015

MAP OF NEW RAILWAY ALIGNMENT source AfDB, 2015

The Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali-Keza-Musongati railway, is a high priority project within the framework of the East African Railway Master Plan. According to the Rwanda Transport Development Authority, at least 172 km of the route will be in Burundi and 123km in Rwanda.

There will be 407km of new alignment in Tanzania from Keza to Isaka, and 970km paralleling the existing metre-gauge line between Isaka and Dar es Salaam.

Mr Onyango would also not reveal when governments of Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi are likely to call for the bids, saying the African Development Bank (AfDB), the major financer of the project, has to issue a no-objection note on the prequalified firms.

Mr Onyango described the prequalified firms as experienced and financially sound and thus able to deliver the project in time. “The list of prequalified firms has been sent to the African Development Bank for a no-objection note before they bid,” said Mr Onyango in Kigali.

The East African states are under pressure from the business community to develop an efficient railway system to reduce the costs of transport.

High transport costs in East Africa have been cited as a serious challenge to the region’s ability to compete effectively with the rest of the world in trade. For instance, importers say it costs Rwanda on average $4,990 to import a 20ft container while the sub-Saharan average is $2,504, which makes the country uncompetitive in cross-border trade

The estimated cost of standard gauge railway project is $5.2 billion.

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