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Providing seamless Equatorial Guinea connections for effortless trade expansion and international reach.

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Shipping to and from Equatorial Guinea

Import regulations

Importing goods to Equatorial Guinea requires navigating specific procedures and documentation. Here’s a breakdown of the essential requirements:

Products requiring Import licenses/permits

  • Agricultural products (plants, seeds, live animals, fertilizers)
  • Food products
  • Pharmaceuticals and medicines
  • Chemicals and toxic substances
  • Petroleum products
  • Weapons, munitions and explosives
  • Radio communication equipment
  • Audio-visual products (movies, TV shows, etc.)

Prohibited Imports

  • Narcotics and psychotropic substances
  • Counterfeit trademark/copyright goods
  • Used clothing and footwear
  • Toxic wastes and hazardous substances
  • Radioactive and nuclear materials
  • Anti-Islamic literature and materials

Restricted Imports

  • Alcohol and spirits (licensed importers only)
  • Precious stones and metals require certification
  • Exotic animal species require CITES permits

Agencies involved

  • General Directorate of Customs (INSESOGE)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forests and Environment
  • Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
  • Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy
  • Ministry of Information, Press and Radio
  • Ministry of National Defense

Port storage allowances

  • 7 calendar days free time for dry import containers
  • 5 calendar days for reefer containers

Demurrage charges (per TEU/day after free time)

  • Dry Containers: $20
  • Reefer Containers: $30
  • Detention charges (same rates apply outside port area)

Import documentation required

  • Commercial Invoice with HS codes
  • Packing List
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill
  • Import Declaration Form (DPU)
  • Import License/Permit (if required)
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Technical Standards/Conformity Certificates
  • Phytosanitary/Veterinary Certificates for agriculture products
  • Radiation report for food imports

Commercial invoice requirements

  • Names and addresses of buyer/seller
  • HS codes and detailed descriptions of goods
  • Quantities and unit values
  • Total invoice value and currency
  • Payment terms, Incoterms

Licensing requirements

  • Commercial import license from the Ministry of Commerce
  • Additional licenses/permits for regulated products:
    • Agriculture Ministry: plants, seeds, fertilizers, pesticides
    • Health Ministry: pharmaceuticals, medical devices
    • Industry Ministry: chemicals, petroleum products
    • Defense Ministry: weapons, munitions
  • License application process
  • Submit application with pro forma invoice
  • Provide product samples/technical specifications
  • Screening by relevant technical committees
  • Pay licensing fees (typically 0.3%-1% of CIF value)

License validity and renewals

  • Most licenses are valid for 6-12 months
  • Can apply for renewals 1-2 months prior to expiry
  • Additional documents like import records required

Customs clearance process

  • Submit all required documents to customs broker
  • Broker lodges goods declaration in ASYCUDA World system
  • Risk analysis determines inspection requirements
  • Physical inspections and testing as required
  • Duties/taxes calculated and payment made to broker
  • Release order obtained from customs
  • Clear goods from port within 7 days of release

Import duties and taxes

  • Import duty rates: 5%, 10%, 20%, 30%
  • 15% Value Added Tax (VAT) on CIF + duties
  • 5.5% Community Integration Tax (TCI)
  • Potential additional taxes like computer tax
  • Inspections and verifications
  • Documentary checks on all import declarations
  • Risk-based criteria for scanning and physical inspections
  • Product testing/sampling for phytosanitary, radiation, quality

Ports and terminals

Sea Ports

  • Port of Malabo
  • Port of Bata
  • Port of Luba

Airport cargo terminals

  • Malabo International Airport (SSG)

Cut-off times

  • 48-72 hours before vessel arrival for documentation
  • 24 hours before flight arrival for air cargo

Container operations

  • Limited storage space, containers should be collected promptly
  • Port delivery order required for pickup
  • Shortages/overages strictly penalized

Export regulations

Get a detailed guide that provides an in-depth look into every aspect of the export process to ensure your goods are shipped efficiently and in compliance with all legal standards.

Products requiring export licenses/permits

  • Timber and wood products
  • Agricultural commodities (cocoa, coffee, etc.)
  • Precious minerals (gold, diamonds)
  • Petroleum and petroleum products
  • Live animals and wildlife products under CITES
  • Strategic/controlled goods like weapons, explosives

Prohibited/Restricted exports

  • Exports of raw diamonds are not permitted, only cut/polished are allowed
  • Unprocessed wood logs banned for export
  • Cultural/archaeological artifacts restricted for export
  • Hazardous wastes and toxic substances are prohibited
  • Exports of endangered species are strictly regulated

Agencies involved

  • INSESOGE (Customs Authority)
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons
  • Ministry of Fisheries and Environment
  • Ministry of National Defense

Required documents

  • Commercial invoice
  • Packing list
  • Bill of lading/airway bill
  • Export declaration (Declaracion de Exportacion)
  • Certificate of origin
  • Export license/permit (if required)
  • Quality/phytosanitary certificates
  • CITES permits for flora/fauna exports
  • Commercial invoices must show
  • Full description of goods with HS codes
  • Quantities and unit values
  • Total invoice value and currency
  • Terms of sale and payment

Export declaration process

  • Submit export declaration in the ASYCUDA system
  • Provide all supporting export documentation
  • Pay any applicable duties/taxes
  • Obtain release notes after inspections/verifications

Export certification

  • Mining/assay certificates for precious minerals
  • Phytosanitary/quality certs for agricultural exports
  • CITES certificates for live animal/wildlife exports
  • Certificates of origin for preferential treatment

Major ports for exports

  • Port of Malabo
  • Port of Bata
  • Port of Luba

Cut-off times and procedures

  • Pre-arrival documentation 48-72 hours before vessel
  • Shipping instructions provided 2-3 days before ETD
  • Late arrivals may face penalties/rollover charges

Container operations

  • 5 calendar days of free time for export containers
  • Detention fees apply after free time
  • Limited storage space, prompt collection required
  • Must use port delivery orders for pickup

Empty container returns

  • $20/TEU per day detention after 5 free days
  • Extra charges if not returned to designated depots

Export duties and taxes

  • Most exported goods are zero-rated for duties
  • However, some products face export duties:
  •    Logs: $11-$18 per cubic meter
  •    Sawn wood: 30% of FOB value
  •    Cocoa beans: $300 per metric ton

Other fees

  • Port handling charges
  • Shipping line charges (e.g. documentation fees)
  • CITES permitting fees for regulated wildlife
  • Clearance and processing fees
Shipping to and from Equatorial Guinea

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Equatorial Guinea’s cross-border trade presents a maze of regulations and logistical hurdles. Non-compliance can lead to costly delays and penalties. Simplify the process with Limark Forwarding. Our expertise in Equatorial Guinea’s logistics ensures seamless, compliant shipments from origin to final destination.

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