Cote d’Ivoire to collect fees from vessels on international voyages

Cote d’Ivoire (The Ivory Coast) has said that it intends to collect fees from vessels that are engaged on international voyages and are loading or discharging at Ivoirian ports, reports North of England Club.

The Secretary of State of the Minister of Transport issued a note to shipowners whose vessels call at Cote d’Ivoire. It references the l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA) regulations relating to Rights of Maritime Traffic, which took effect on January 1st 2020.

The fees are:

  • Importing: 1000 FCFA ($1.70) per ton of goods.
  • Exporting: 800 FCFA ($1.36) per ton of goods.

A reduction in fees to 500 FCFA ($0.85) is applied for the import of cargoes of wheat and rice.

Shipowners were warned not to seek reimbursement of these fees from cargo interests.

Fees would not apply to any bill of lading issued before the date of entry in force of these provisions.

The UEMOA regulation further states that goods in transhipment or in transit do not give rise to fees levied by its member coastal states.

Ivory P&I, North’s correspondents in the country, advised that it was not yet known how fees were going to be collected or whether payment would have to be made before a vessel’s arrival and / or departure.