Congo Republic

connecting Congo Republic to the world

MSC Congo Republic offers reliable and efficient shipping services to and from the Republic of Congo designed to support a wide range of companies and industries. If it's your first booking to this French-speaking nation in Central 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 carrier’s full container, when it left port terminal or approved Inland Container Depot, after detention free time expiration. This charge can also apply while the container is undergoing inspection by DRC Customs, or while the cargo inside the container is being reworked for safety reasons.      

What is demurrage?
Demurrage is the container rental charge applicable, after free time expiration, while container is still inside port terminal or approved Inland Container Depot. In case of a demurrage dispute, email /  and describing the reasons for the dispute.  
What are storage charges?
A storage charge is applicable for containers left inside container yard after terminal free time expiration. Our stevedore Congo Terminal is the one managing storage calculations and payments.

SOLAS VGM information for Congo Republic  

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?

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, Congo terminals is now allowed to use their certified scales to record shipment VGM, but the result must be validated by an accredited organization approved by the Local Maritime Authority (DIGEMAR). 


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, i.e. 72 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 shipper.

Contact information
For more information, please contact the MSC Congo Republic customer service team
Email : or 
Tel:  +242 05 639 67 00    

ECTN in Republic of Congo
ECTN must be included on OBL for all shipments destinated to Congo, it’s not compulsory to be mentioned on Cargo manifest.  The ECTN is the abbreviation for Electronic Cargo Tracking Notice. The ECTN number is known as the NVU (Numéro Visa Unique) and must be mentioned on the Bill of Lading. The ECTN is mandatory both for export and import cargo. The Import ECTN must be arranged by the shipper through recognized website. The Export ECTN must be arranged at Pointe Noire CCC (Conseil Congolais des Chargeurs) head office by the local exporter. An approved ECTN can be corrected before arrival of the vessel at Pointe Noire.

Prohibited cargo

The following are prohibited for both important and export

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

If in doubt regarding any commodity not listed above, please contact our Import/Export documentation Team: or 

Hazardous materials are strictly regulated by port Authority: 
Find the list here


List of terminals 

Ports and terminals

MSC operates services to and from Congo Republic with our stevedore teams serving as support to our customers.

 Port of Loading  Terminal 1  
Pointe Noire Congo Terminal

Cargo Loading

Our Stevedore in Pointe Noire  have logistics cargo handling facilities strategically located inside port premises to ensure the efficient and timely loading of goods for export and import. They 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) 

Congo Terminal in Pointe Noire 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