MSC is serving customers in Djibouti and Ethiopia more than 3 decades. At present, MSC calls two main services, namely Petra Service an NWC to IPAK service to Djibouti. MSC holds 2nd highest overall market share in Djibouti. Since Djibouti is the gateway port to Ethiopia, more than 70% of imports discharged in Djibouti are destined to Ethiopia and 94% of exports loaded from Djibouti are originated from Ethiopia.
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 SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea) regulations, marine terminal in Djibouti is now allowed to use their certified scales to record Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of shipments. No VGM no loading.
What do I need to include in my VGM instructions?
You must include the following on all VGM instructions:
How can I submit my VGM instructions?
Guidelines for submitting your VGM instructions
Cargo restrictions by the terminal and customs
Vehicles more than 8 years old are prohibited for importing to Djibouti local discharge but if the consignee is in Ethiopia, there is no such restriction.
Out of gauge cargo
Out of Gauge Cargo (OOG cargo) more than 4.0 meters in height and 4.0 meters in width are not allowed to discharge or load at Djibouti terminal.
Dangerous cargo direct deliveries
Below mentioned dangerous cargo are allowed at terminal subject to direct delivery. Consignee should arrange customs clearance and truck should be ready at terminal at least 1 hour before cargo to be discharged. Failing which container will not be discharged and re-loaded to same stowage position and cost will be on account of the shipper or the consignee.
IMO Class 1 all UN numbers
IMO Class 2.1/ UN 1.57, Flammable gases and Gas Lighters
IMO Class 2.3 / Toxic Gases
IMO Class 3/ Flammable Liquids Flash Point below 23C
IMO Class 4.1/ UN number 1944 Safety Matches, Flammable Solids, Self-Heating Substances, Self-Reactive Substances
IMO Class 4.3/ Water reactive Substances, Liquids and Solids
IMO Class 5.1/ UN Number 1448 Oxidizing Agents, Barium Permanganate UN Number 1485, Potassium Chlorate UN Number 1495, Sodium Chlorate UN Number 1513, Zinc Chlorate UN Number 1492, Ammonium Nitrate UN number 2067, 2071, Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizers UN Number 2880, Calcium Hypochlorite.
IMO Class 5.1/ Organic Peroxides
IMO Class 6.1/ UN Number 2994, Arsenical pesticides, Liquid, Toxic and Toxic by Inhalation Substances.
IMO Class 6.2/ Generally Not allowed. Special Permission must be obtained from the Harbour Master and the Department of Dangerous Cargo Port Authority.
IMO Class 7/ Radioactive Material (Transport License required) Only allowed at Terminal Authorized by the Harbour Master.
IMO Class 8/ Corrosive, UN Number 2031, 2032, Nitric Acid.
As per new regulations that took effect in January 2021, the following IMCO classes are allowed to discharge under special authorization on a case-by-case basis subject to direct delivery by the consignee.Below mentioned dangerous cargo is not allowed to discharge at Djibouti and in transit to Yemen and Somalia.
Online booking and shipping instruction
Please visit our online platform www.mymsc.com to submit bookings and Shipping instructions which enhances prompt services electronically.
In case if you are facing any challenges while registering and creating bookings in mymsc.com platform, our export documentation team is ready to assist you and can be reached via email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
HS Code - Harmonized Commodity Code
Six Digits Harmonized Commodity Code (HS Code) is mandatory to declare in booking level and in Shipping instructions by the shippers to manifest accordingly.
Cargo cut off time for export bookings
Booking and Verified Gross Mass (VGM) cut off – 5 days prior vessel arrival
FCL cut off time - 48hours prior vessel arrival.
Out of gauge cargo (OOG)
Weight of cargo
Dangerous Cargo bookings
If a booking is Dangerous cargo or Hazardous cargo, customers are required to provide the following information at booking level.
Shipper’s Own Containers (SOC)
If a booking is for SOC container, customers are required to provide following information at booking level.
Shipper has to provide to MSC Manifesting Agency a written notice confirming that:
SOC Empty Tank Containers
If a booking is for Empty Tank Container, customers are required to provide following information at booking level in addition to the above information.
It is mandatory for the consignees and shippers to pay refundable security deposit for containers that moves out from terminal and the deposit amount collected will be refunded once containers are returned to terminal.
|Standard Containers USD||
Flat rack Containers USD
|Open Top Containers USD||
Reefer Containers USD
|Deposit Amount (In USD)||20'||40'||20'||40'||20'||40'||20'||40'|
|For Djibouti Free Zone||2,500||5,000||5,000||9,000||5,000||9,000||25,000||28,000|
|Cargo in Transit to Ethiopia, Somalia or Yemen||3,500||7,000||5,000||9,000||5,000||7,000||25,000||28,000|
Ports and terminals
MSC operates services to and from the following terminal.
|Port of Loading||Terminal 1|
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: 2023-03-22T05:24:00