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Shipping & Inspection Tuesday, 10 May 2016 10:57
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Shipping & Clearing Procedures:

STEP A) Arrange shipment of cargo through a reputable shipping company or freight forwarder

Obtain and transmit the original Bill of Lading and invoice to the consignee before the cargo arrives

Contact BIVAC at the port of origin to arrange for pre-inspection. The consignee will be given a

CRF (Clean Report of Finding) certificate


  1. Take a copy of the pre-inspection report (or CRF), the Bill of Lading, and the invoices to the Ministry of Commerce counter for IPD (Import Permit Declaration) processing and to BIVAC for inspection approval. (For Freeport of Monrovia customers visit the One-Stop-Shop in the Freeport of Monrovia)

  2. Proceed to the Bank Section for Payment Slip and make a payment at the Central Bank for government duties, and the private bank for terminal and port charges

  3. Proceed to the In-Gate office for logging of documents, to the Collector’s Office for approval and sealing, and to the Wharfing Section for manifest closure

  4. Proceed to the cargo yard, where your container or non-containerized cargo can be inspected by the clearing agent/broker and loaded for inland transport to the final destination



Follow Step BI, 1 through 3

Cargo is transported from the cargo yard to the BIVAC yard for scanning and x-ray for verification against the items declaration list; Cargo or container is then relocated to the cargo yard

Proceed to the cargo yard, where your container or non-containerized cargo can be inspected by

Shipping with NPA: Click here to download PDF

Shipping Lines

The following lines ship goods to the National Port Authority of Liberia:

  •  Atlantic Maritime
  • Atlantic Shipping & Stevedoring
  • Camer Shipping Line
  • Cape Maritime Agency
  • Delmas
  • Enigma Shipping
  • GMC
  • Greenville Shipping Line
  • Jorden Shipping & Stevedoring Agency
  • Lelee Shipping
  • Maersk Line
  • Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
  • Necotrans
  • OBT Shipping Agency
  • Pacific
  • Regional Coastal & Stevedoring Agency (RECSA)
  • Seatrans Shipping & Stevedoring Agency
  • Safeway Cargo
  • Snockri Shipping
  • Sonco
  • Stevent Stevedoring & Shipping Agency
  • Trans-Atlantic Shipping
  • Umarco Shipping
  • Unity Shipping

Moreover, to send and clear goods through the NPA, customers work in tandem with their shipping line and the One Stop Shop in the Freeport of Monrovia to obtain documents needed for clearance and to pay duties and port charges. The One Stop Shop is a clearing house with the mandate to assist all importing and exporting customers with cargo clearing in a central location.  It consists of the BIVAC, Central Bank, two commercial banks, Customs, and APM Terminals. The One Stop Shop was launched in 2009 in collaboration with the NPA, the Government of Liberia, and international development partners in an effort to reduce barriers to trade. With the strategic location of all relevant agents in one place, the steps to clear goods from the Freeport of Monrovia have reduced dramatically. Today, customers and brokers are confident that their goods are cleared with the utmost consideration for timeliness and efficiency.

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About NPA

The National Port Authority (NPA) was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1967 and amended in 1970 as a state-owned corporation to manage, plan, and build all public ports in Liberia. The NPA system comprises four ports: Freeport of Monrovia, Port of Buchanan, Port of Greenville, and Port of Harper.


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