Angola | Regulation by General Tax Administration
CMA CGM Group hereby informs its customers, General Tax Administration in Angola has adopted a new regulation that allows the Angolan importers to obtain release of their cargo without the need to surrender Original Bills of Lading.
Shipper and any party on the bill of lading are advised that according to Destination Country Law and practice, the Carrier has absolutely no control on cargo once discharged.
Cargo is delivered through Customs and Port Authorities to Receiver. This may be done without surrendering original bill of ladings to ship agent. In such case, the Carrier will not be responsible for any claim due to delivery of cargo without original bill of ladings.
We, therefore inform our Customers the risk for non-payment of your cargo or Letter of Credit not being honoured, as a result of the implementation of this regulation. Shipper must ensure they are paid for their cargo prior to the beginning of the voyage.
CMA CGM regrets the inconvenience caused by this situation beyond our control but will not entertain any claim nor accept any liability whatsoever for release at destination without Original Bill of Lading at Angola Port.
We will keep you informed of any developments