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Connecting Chad to the World

MSC Chad offers reliable and efficient shipping services to and from the Republic of Chad designed to support a wide range of companies and industries. Have a 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 refers to the costs incurred when containers are held beyond the period of exemption initially provided.
These fees are charged by the container owner to shippers or consignees who do not return the containers within the allotted time.
What is demurrage?
Demurrage is a financial penalty that is charged to the customer when containers are not returned on time to the dry port or the agreed container depot.
What are storage charges?
A storage charge is applicable for containers left inside container yard after terminal free time expiration. In Chad SMT (dry port) the one managing storage calculations and payments.

SOLAS VGM information for Republic of Chad

SOLAS VGM information for Chad

Government approval status

The government position regarding the implementation of the verified gross mass (VGM) amendments in the SOLAS Convention has been defined 2016.

What is VGM?

The verified gross mass is the total verified mass of a container, including the weight of the contents and the container itself. This information is crucial for shipping companies to ensure the safety of ships and port workers. Verification of gross mass is mandatory for all containers before loading on board ships. In Chad, it is the Directorate of Roads that is responsible for verifying 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 through myMSC portal

Deadlines for sending VGM instructions

Instructions must be recorded before the vessel closing date

Admin fees and costs 

Any cost or consequences caused by delay, misdeclaration or manual entry of VGM instructions is payable by shipper.

Contact information
For more information, please contact the MSC Chad customer service team
Email : or
Tel: +235 99 93 54 02

ECTN in Republic of Chad

ECTN must be included on OBL for all shipments destinated to Chad. The ECTN is the abbreviation for Electronic Cargo Tracking Notice (in French bordereau Electronique de Suivi de la Cargaison: BESC). The ECTN is mandatory both for export and import cargo. The Import ECTN must be arranged by the shipper or his representation. The Export ECTN must be arranged at “Conseil des Chargeurs du Tchad head office by the local exporter. An approved ECTN can be corrected before arrival of the vessel at Douala Port.

Prohibited cargo

The following are prohibited for both important and export

  • Illegal drugs
  • Guns, explosives and ammunition
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Pornographic material

 Hazardous materials are strictly regulated by port Authority

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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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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Last update: 2024-06-14T01:45:00