Angola requires that Pre-Shipment Inspection [PSI] is undertaken for all imports into the country. This exercise is undertaken in the port of load country for the purpose of Customs clearance of the goods. PSI is mandated by the Ministério das Finanças (DNA: Direcção nacional des alfandedegas) and Ministerio do comercio. PSI is managed by SGS, BIVAC,COTECNA and others.
Rua da liberdade nº 94
CP 3994 Luanda
Tel: +244 22 2 264070 / 261352
Fax: +244 22 2 261200
For SGS's datasheet please click here.
Rua João de Barros n°56
P.O. Box 21.99
Luanda - Angola
Tel: +244 222 311 568 Fax: +244 2 311 009
For BIVAC's datasheet please click here.
COTECNA SERVICOS ANGOLA LIMITADA
Porto de Luanda, Terminal II
Rua da Cercania do Porto de Luanda
Tel: +244 226 430040/41 or +244 222 390842
Fax: +244 226 430042 or +244 222 390754
For COTECNA's datasheet please click here.
Minimum value for PSI
No floor value
Subject to PSI
Type of Report Issued
0.75% of the FOB value, with a minimum fee of UCF370 or AON27.010. The equivalent amount in USD varies with the exchange rate.
Goods exempted for both the mandatory and the voluntary programme:
Goods subject to the mandatory programme [Per HS Chapter]:
01 Live animals
02 Meat and edible meat offal
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
04 Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
06 Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
13 Lac; gums, resins and other vegetable saps and extracts
14 Vegetable plaiting materials; vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes.
16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates.
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery.
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations.
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; pastry cooks products.
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar
23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder
24 Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes
28 Inorganic chemicals; organic or inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes
29 Organic chemicals
30 Pharmaceutical products
38 Miscellaneous chemical products
84 Machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (Headers 8407, 8408, 8426, 8427, 8429, 8430)
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling-stock, and parts and accessories thereof (8706, 8707, 8708,
8710, 8713, 8714 & 8715)
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof
All other products not indicated above or under prohibited imports are subject to the voluntary programme.
All cargo destined for Angola needs to be accompanied by an import licence (BRI) and every bill of lading has to be accompanied by a loading certificate/ waiver (ARC number).
A loading certificate/waiver number known as the ‘Attestation de reservation de Calle’ [ARC] must be shown on all documentation related to the cargo shipped.
The responsibility relating to the issuance of the ARC and all costs is with the shipper. The ARC form is bought from the appointed CNCA agent at origin.
Angolan legislation in accordance with decree nr.19/94 dated 28/01/94, published in the Statue book D.R. 20/94 on 20/05/94 (effective as from 24/04/94). The intention of this legislation is to provide the Angolan Government and authorities with accurate information with respect to the cargoflow to and from their country.
Conseil National des Chargeurs Angolais / Conselho Nacional de Carregadores [CNCA]
Palacio de Vidro
Largo 4 de Fevereiro - 5° Andar
Cx. Postal 2223 Luanda – ANGOLA
Tel: 244 2 31 13 39 / 244 231 13 40
Fax: 244 2 31 17 76
The ARC number must be mentioned on the Bill of Lading [B/L] & the manifest. One ARC form is required per B/L. The ARC number takes the form of a ten digit number. No exceptions are made to the obligation of ARC, all companies, customers, NGOs, embassies are requested to arrange ARC, prior loading.
Given that penalties exist for non-compliance, it is very important that shippers ensure the correct procedures are adhered to. On the whole, approval is straightforward to obtain and waivers (loading certificates) are rarely, if ever, refused.
Requirements of shipper/consignee:
1. The clearance of the cargo is impossible without a loading certificate and each bill of lading must correspond to one loading certificate.
2. The Angolan Shipper's Council (CNCA) or their agent are the only bodies authorised to issue loading certificates/ARC numbers.
3. The first step is that consignees must apply to the Ministry of Commerce 'to open' an Import Licence (BRI). This information is collated on computer and transferred to the CNCA.
4. Once cargo is ready, shippers should obtain a loading certificate blank form from CNCA or its agent at the loading port.
5. The shipper or his representative should fill in the required information on this document and give it back to the CNCA agent who will calculate the harbour and data processing dues and validate this information in the CNCA computer system.
6. Each loading certificate receives one serial number (ARC) and has to be duly dated, stamped and signed by the CNCA agent.
7. To receive his loading certificate, the shipper has to pay harbour and data processing dues as follows:
20ft containers - USD 100 per container
40ft containers - USD 200 per container
8. Harbour and data processing dues have to be collected at the moment goods have been loaded from port of discharge.
9. As per Decree nr.68/95 issued on 22/12/95 heavy fines/penalties and severe actions towards shippers and/or owners who are neglecting/avoiding the rules of the Angolese Legislation are now in force and fixed as follows: USD 5000.00 per incident plus 100% of all taxes to be paid to C.N.C.A
Hints and Tips for completing the CNCA Form
|Complete full style and address|
|Complete full style and address|
Kind of goods
|Description in English Language|
No of packages & weight
1x 20' or 1 x 40'
Serial no. plus 7 digits
No. of packages
No. of packages
Vehicles and rolling material
No. Vehicles of rolling material
Vehicles or rolling mat. Chassis no.
Kind of vehicles or rolling material
Mode of Transport
|Please tick your choice|
Shipping line & Flag
|Vessel's E.T.A as per Bill of Lading|
|Vessel name without abbreviations|
|Stamp and Signature|
In case of transshipments it is compulsory to indicate the name of the first vessel and the name of the last vessel calling Angola.