Connecting Benin to the world

MSC Benin offers reliable and efficient shipping services to and from the Republic of Benin designed to support a wide range of companies and industries. If this is the first time you’ve shipped to this French-speaking nation in West Africa, be sure to look at our in-depth country guide. It covers everything from general trade information to import and export procedures to ensure the smooth transport of your goods.

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Detention, demurrage, Per Diem and storage charges

What is detention?
Detention is the charge to use the carrier’s full container, inside the marine terminal, railroad facilities or container yard, after the expiry of the free time. This charge can also apply while the container is undergoing inspection by Benin Customs, or while the cargo inside the container is being reworked for safety reasons.   

What is demurrage?
Demurrage is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, inside the terminal use of the land. In case of a demurrage dispute, email describing the reasons for the dispute. 
What are storage charges?
A storage charge is applicable for containers left inside the rail ramp or container yard (to use the land) after the free time expires. Our stevedore handles storage calculations and payments.

SOLAS VGM information for Benin

SOLAS VGM information for Benin

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.

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.
In line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations, all marine terminals in Benin 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
  • Container number
  • VGM (kgs)
  • 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. 48 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 the shipper.

Contact information
For more information, please contact the MSC Benin customer service team
Email :
Tel: + 229 21 31 56 90

Prohibited cargo

The following are prohibited for both important and export

  • Illegal drugs
  • Guns, explosives and ammunition
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Hazardous materials (Class 1/5.1/6.2/7)
  • Pornographic material

If in doubt regarding any commodity not listed above, please contact our Import or Export Sales Team.

For full details of prohibited cargo in Benin, please see Import and export regulations

List of terminals 

Ports and terminals

MSC operates services to and from BENIN from One Port & Terminal with our stevedore  teams  to support our customers.

 Port of Loading  Terminal 1  

Container Weighing (VGM) 

All MSC local offices provide certified scales to record and verify container weight (verified gross mass or VGM) in line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. VGM instructions are mandatory for all shipments for safety reasons and vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been appropriately verified. Contact your local MSC team for more information and support. 
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Cargo Loading

MSC's cargo handling facilities are strategically located to ensure the efficient and timely loading of goods for export and import. We also provide cargo consolidation, loading and re-loading, packing, unpacking and cross-loading services from containers to trucks.
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Last update: 2024-06-21T01:45:00