Connecting Gambia to the world

MSC  Gambia has been helping customers to ship their cargo worldwide since 2010. Today, one of the leading shipping companies in The Gambia, MSC Gambia can ship more than 4,000 TEUS annually to destinations around the world. 

Groundnuts, sesame, cashew nuts, scrap metals, and fish and seafood products are the main export commodities from the Gambia, with most of them destined for the Far East, India, the EU and the US. 

The country’s main imports are mostly finished products and foodstuffs from the Far East, the EU, the US and other parts of the world. Given the size of the country, the bulk of these imports transit to neighboring countries. 

Contact our  team to request a quote, book or find out more about our local services


Detention, demurrage and storage in Gambia

What is demurrage?
Demurrage is the charge applicable, after the free time expires, inside the terminal for the use of the land. In case of a demurrage dispute, email or (with as email subject: Dispute + Invoice Number), describing the reasons for the dispute.  

What are storage charges? 
A storage charge is applicable, after the free time expires, for containers left inside the container yard (for the use of the land). 

Paying detention and demurrage charges 
All payments can be accepted via our Standard Chartered Bank Gambia Limited accounts of which details viz USD/EURO/GMD can be found on the bottom of all our invoices.

Detention and Per Diem are not applicable to MSC containers in Banjul. 

SOLAS VGM information

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.

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 + weight measurement unit (lbs. or kgs.)
  • Responsible Party Name
  • Digital signature of the authorised signatory in all CAPITAL LETTERS.

How can I submit my VGM instructions?

  • myMSC (Free of Charge) 

Guidelines for submitting your VGM instructions

  • MSC prefers to receive a Shipper-Verified Gross Mass (VGM) before cargo is loaded onto the export vessel.

MSC admin fees and costs 

  • VGM Misdeclaration fees are advised by the liner concerned.

Question about VGM?

Contact our Export Team


Prohibited cargo

It is illegal to bring the following items into or out of Gambia.

  • Counterfeit money  
  • All kinds of arms, weapons and explosives 
  • Media with immoral or seditious content, such as child pornography  
  • Narcotics and some medication containing prohibited substances  
  • Nuclear and all other types of waste materials/substances for dumping 


  • Narcotics and some medication containing prohibited substances  
  • Endangered species as set out on the dedicated CITES page

Ports and terminals 

Ports and terminals
MSC operates services to and from the following ports and terminals in The Gambia, with local teams in each location to support our customers.

 Port of Loading  Terminal 
 Banjul  Banjul Terminal

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Last update: 2024-07-18T01:46:00