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Limark in Guinea

Connecting Guinea across Africa and beyond

As a prominent Guinean shipping provider, we draw upon our vast network and in-depth market knowledge to facilitate frictionless cargo movement. Our proficiency encompasses the export of Guinea’s valuable resources – bauxite, iron ore, diamonds, and agricultural products – to markets across Africa and the globe.

We understand Guinea’s strategic role as a nexus for vital imports, channeling the flow of essential equipment, raw materials, and consumer goods from around the world. Limark Guinea guarantees the dependable distribution of these imports nationwide, ensuring their smooth assimilation into the Guinean economy.

Logistics services in Guinea

Import regulations

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

Product categories requiring import licenses/permits

  • Live animals and animal products (meat, dairy, etc.)
  • Plants, fruits, vegetables, and agricultural products
  • Food products and beverages
  • Pharmaceuticals, drugs, and narcotics
  • Chemicals, toxic substances, explosives
  • Petroleum products including fuels, lubricants
  • Weapons, ammunition, and military equipment
  • Radio communication equipment and encrypted devices
  • Used vehicles, machinery, and tires
  • Precious metals, gems, and jewelry

Prohibited imports

  • Narcotic drugs except approved pharmaceuticals
  • Counterfeit items and pirated goods
  • Hazardous wastes and toxic substances
  • Used clothing and undergarments
  • Pornographic and immoral materials
  • Endangered wildlife and CITES species
  • Restricted imports requiring permits:
  • Ethyl alcohol and alcoholic beverages
  • Precious metals, diamonds, gemstones
  • Encryption and telecommunication devices
  • Remote sensing and surveillance equipment

Relevant agencies

Free time periods

  • Sea freight: 10 calendar days free
  • Air freight: 5 calendar days free

Demurrage charges after free time (per day)

  • 20′ Dry Container: $30-40
  • 40′ Dry Container: $50-70
  • 20′ Reefer Container: $50-80
  • 40′ Reefer Container: $80-120

Container detention charges (per day)

  • 20′ Dry: $20-30
  • 40′ Dry: $30-50
  • 20′ Reefer: $50-70
  • 40′ Reefer: $70-100

Long-term storage is available at ports for $150-300/20′ and $200-400/40′ per month.

Free time is calculated from the container discharge date. Charges apply per calendar day until removal from port. Extensions may be granted for fees.

Required import documentation

  • Commercial/Freight Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill
  • Import Declaration (IM4 or IM8 Form)
  • Import License (if required)
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Other certificates per product (inspections, tests, etc.)

Commercial invoice requirements

  • Detailed goods descriptions, HS codes, quantities
  • Transaction values and currency
  • Terms of sale (Incoterms)
  • Seller and buyer names/addresses

Packing List shows package types, markings, weights, and measurements.

Required certificates

  • Certificate of Origin showing country of manufacture
  • Phytosanitary Certificate for plants/agriculture
  • Veterinary Health Certificate for live animals
  • Free Sale Certificate for food items
  • Radiation Test Report for certain goods

Obtaining a general import license

  1. Register the company with tax authorities and obtain NUIC number
  2. Submit application to the Ministry of Commerce with details
  3. License issued and valid for 1 year, renewable annually
  4. Cost around $100-300

For regulated products

  • Food/Agriculture Imports: Import Permit from Ministry of Agriculture
    • Provide product samples, test reports, ingredients
    • Permits valid 6 months-1 year
  • Medicine/Pharma Imports: Registration and Import Visa from Health Ministry
    • Requires product dossier evaluation
    • Valid for set quantities for 1-year periods
  • Other permits from Environment and security ministries as required
    • Permit costs $100-1,000+ based on product

Customs clearance process

  1. At least 48 hours prior to arrival, the importer submits all documents to Customs:
  • Commercial invoice, packing list, import declaration
  • Any required licenses, certificates, permits
  1. Pay applicable duties/taxes to Customs in advance:
  • Import duty (0-27% based on HS code)
  • 18% Value Added Tax
  • ECOWAS Community Levy (0.5% of CIF value)
  • Computer Fees (0.25%)
  • Pre-shipment Inspection Fees (2.5% of CIF value)
  1. Customs conducts verification and examination as required
  • Scanning of containers
  • Physical inspection
  • Possible sampling/testing
  1. If compliant, Customs issues an Import Permit (BAE) for removal
  2. Pay terminal handling charges to the port/airport
  3. Restricted goods require import permits approved first

Port/Terminal operations

Sea ports

Conakry Terminal

  • Main port, located in the capital
  • 4 berths for containers and bulk
  • Documentation cut-off at least 48 hours before arrival
  • 7 calendar days of free storage for containers

Kamsar port

  • Dedicated port for mining/exports (bauxite, alumina)
  • More limited container handling capabilities

Air cargo

Gbessia International Airport (Conakry)

  • Main air cargo hub
  • Cut-off 4 hours prior to arrival
  • 3 calendar days free storage

Both ports have cargo handling equipment, scanning facilities, container yards, and warehousing. Operating hours Monday-Friday 8am-4pm generally.

Advance notice is required for specialized handling like reefers or oversized/heavy cargoes. On-dock storage is limited, so merchants should have timely pickup arrangements.

Export regulations

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

Products requiring export licenses/permits

  • Precious minerals – gold, diamonds, bauxite, iron ore
  • Agricultural commodities – cashew nuts, coffee, peanuts, palm oil
  • Wood and forestry products including logs and lumber
  • Live animals and animal products (meat, hides, skins)
  • Fish and seafood products
  • Industrial products/chemicals like cement, fertilizers
  • Cultural property and antiquities

Prohibited exports

  • Unprocessed logs from natural forests
  • Hazardous waste and toxic substances
  • Counterfeit trademarked goods and pirated copyright materials
  • Narcotic drugs except approved pharmaceuticals
  • Ivory and products from protected CITES species
  • Weapons, explosives, and military equipment without authorization

Restricted exports requiring permits

  • Rough diamonds (Kimberley Process certification required)
  • Nuclear materials including uranium and radioactive sources
  • Controlled products with potential military/dual-use applications

Relevant authorities

  • Guinea Customs (Direction Générale des Douanes)
  • Ministry of Mines and Geology
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Forestry and Water Resources Ministries
  • Bank of Guinea (for precious minerals/metals)

Required documents

  • Commercial/Freight Invoice
  • Packing List
  • Bill of Lading/Air Waybill
  • Export Declaration Form (FU)
  • Export Permit/License (if required for a product)
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Other certificates – inspection, phytosanitary, etc.

Commercial Invoice requirements

  • Detailed description of goods, HS codes, quantities
  • Transaction value and currency of sale
  • Terms of sale/delivery (Incoterms)
  • Full names and addresses of seller and buyer
  • The Packing list shows each package’s contents, markings, weights, and measurements.


  • Certificate of Origin showing country of manufacture/export
  • Phytosanitary/Health Certs for plants, agriculture, animals
  • Kimberley Process Certification for rough diamonds
  • Radiation test reports for applicable materials
  • Weight/Quality Inspection Certs for mining products
  • Treatment/Fumigation Certs for some agriculture exports

Export declaration process

  1. Obtain Tax Identification Number and register as Exporter
  2. Submit completed Export Declaration (FU) with all docs a minimum of 48 hours before shipment
  3. Pay any applicable duties, taxes, or fees levied on the export
  4. Goods go through examination by Customs – inspection, scanning, weighing
  5. If compliant, Customs issues an Exit Note/Export Permit allowing removal

Conakry Terminal

  • Largest port, 4 deep water berths for containers/bulk
  • Handles approx. 80% of Guinea’s exports
  • Documentation cut-off at least 48 hours prior to loading
  • Free storage for 5-7 calendar days for export containers

Kamsar port

  • Dedicated bulk port for bauxite, iron ore, and mining exports
  • More limited container handling operations

Air exports

  • Gbessia International Airport (Conakry)
  • The main airport for Guinea’s air freight exports
  • Documentation cut-off 4 hours prior to departure
  • 3 calendar days of free storage for export cargo

Both ports have full container yards, scanning equipment, and cargo handling gear. General operating hours are 8am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Advance notice is required for specialized containers like reefers or oversized/heavy cargoes. Secure trucking arrangements are advised for timely

Return of empty containers

  • Most shipping lines allow 10-14 calendar days free time
  • If late, detention charges around $25-40/20′ and $40-70/40′ per day
  • Possibility to extend the return period for a fee

Export duties and taxes

  • Most exported goods exempt from duties
  • 0.5% ECOWAS Trade Levy
  • 0.25% BCRG fee to Central Bank
  • 18% VAT, though exemptions if proper export documentation provided
  • Royalties of 3-5% levied on mining exports like bauxite, gold

Terminal handling charges

  • $125-250 per container for export handling charges
  • Extra fees for reefers, dangerous goods, oversize cargoes
  • Costs are higher if additional services like stuffing required

Shipping lines typically require security deposits per container, refundable after return.

Logistics services in Guinea

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Navigating Guinea’s trade landscape as it evolves can be challenging. Failure to comply with regulations can result in costly delays and penalties. However, with Limark, you can simplify your Guinean shipments. Our extensive expertise in cross-border logistics, combined with our deep knowledge of the local industry, assures you of seamless and compliant cargo movement from origin to final destination.

We understand that timely and predictable shipping is essential for your Guinean operations. Limark delivers reliability you can count on, backed by a proven on-time delivery record in Guinea. Our streamlined processes, strategic partnerships, and meticulous planning can help translate into cost savings for your business. Get in touch with us today and experience the Limark advantage in the Guinean trade.

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